iOS 13.5 beta Available With COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Unlocks Faster When Wearing A Mask

The first public beta of the upcoming iOS 13.4.5 was released by Apple earlier this month. Following that, today the company has made the third beta available for testing by people who have their devices enrolled into the Apple Beta program.

The iOS 13.4.5 is now known as iOS 13.5 reason being that this version includes a beta iteration of the new exposure notification API, created to help the health authorities track the spread of COVID-19.

The iOS 13.5 beta comes with COVID-19 exposure notification API, with unlocking made easier when wearing a mask.

Developers can now write apps that will take advantage of this API. A user-facing toggle is added to it which lets you opt in or out of participating in COVID-19 exposure notifications.


The new iOS beta is using a different SDK than iOS 13.4, because of the new API.

The update brings a feature that makes easier unlocking of your iPhone possible with a passcode when you’re wearing a mask. The keyboard to input your passcode will immediately pop up when the Face ID sensors sense that you’re wearing a mask.

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