The new iOS 13.5 update for iPhone has just been launched and is ready to put an end to all your problems with the use of the Apple Face ID when you wear a face mask, and it opens the way to your local public health agencies to develop contact tracking applications.
This Covid-19-focused software update comes with official release notes, which start with the most immediately useful new iOS 13.5 feature: reducing the time it takes to display the password menu on iPhones with Face ID.
This allows you to type in your PIN code from the start. What's interesting is that Face ID always seems to work when you're not wearing a mask, so you don't have to manually switch between the two security methods in the settings.
The recognition of the facial mask is a relief for something that has bothered us for two months. Whereas Face ID, on everything, since the The iPhone X to the iPhone 11 Pro is extremely advanced and secure, it does not manage facial masks at all. It's frustrating when you have one of the best phones in the world.
Now, the ability to enter the traditional password from the start avoids having to clumsily fail Face ID twice simply to access the password screen when unlocking your phone or purchasing something with Apple Pay.
iOS 13.5 will make life a little easier with a face mask.
Officially called “ Exposure Notifications ” in the iOS 13.5 update, Apple (with Google doing the same with Android) has integrated an API for contact tracking applications.
This framework will allow governments and public health agencies to develop applications that will alert you if you have contacted someone who later tests positive for Covid-19 and that person anonymously records their positive result in a database. .
No, contact tracking applications are not yet available in iOS 13.5, but Apple and Google note that 22 countries on five continents have requested and received access to the API, while stressing that everything is done to protect user privacy.
In addition to being contacted anonymously, the Exposure Notifications API uses Bluetooth Low Energy, not WiFi or other more potentially identifiable means. Businesses are working to make it impossible to create a digital paper trail, although privacy advocates still have concerns.
Apple and Google have also stated that there are no plans to use this framework beyond the current pandemic.
To complete the new features in iOS 13.5, two small changes have been made. The medical identification data that is part of the Health app can be securely shared with emergency services when you make a call to 911 in the United States. For the moment, this is a feature reserved for the United States.
The second small advantage of the update to iOS 13.5 concerns Group FaceTime. You can prevent the size of the video chat thumbnails from changing when a new main speaker takes the lead.
We have downloaded iOS 13.5 to our iPhones and will continue to explore it to find other hidden features and bug fixes that Apple could have made since iOS 13.4.