Apple releases iOS 13.5 beta 3 ahead of new COVID19 contact tracing API and more…

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Apple has released iOS and iPadOS 13.5 beta 3, this is iOS 13.4.5 beta 3 simply renamed. The release comes ahead of the launch of the first version of the “contact tracing” API in partnership with Google which officially launches on May 1st.

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The new beta includes what we assume is a beta of the new API for developers, which we will dig into once we are able to get our hands on the new update. Bloomberg reports that today’s release is for “app makers” so that:

health agencies build apps that allow a person who tests positive for Covid-19 to input their diagnosis. The system will then use Bluetooth technology to learn who the person has come into contact with and then notify those people of a possible exposure.

Also, a brand new feature on iOS 13.5 is the ability for your iPhone to detect if you are wearing a mask, using Face ID. If it thinks that you are, it will skip the lock-screen or notification center and go directly to the passcode page, allowing you to enter your password quicker.

From our testing we also noticed that the detection only works if you are covering your nose, if you cover your mouth, your iPhone still prompts you to use Face ID. Cover only your nose, if skips to the passcode page.

We also expect the update to continue with a fix for the mail exploit that was brought to light in recent weeks which allowed a hacker to gain remote access to a device simply by sending an email. Apple responded to the bug saying it doesn’t directly harm users, but that it will fix any potential issues in a future update.

Finally, we also expect the update to hopefully bring a fix for VPN bug that doesn’t allow VPN encryption on devices to remain encrypted. Apple released iOS 13.4.1 after the bug was found, and yet that update did not include a fix.

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Sami started falling in love with Apple in 2010 with the iPhone 4S. As a registered developer, he deeply admires the world of Apple. Sami is an aspiring journalist, writer, and actor. He also has devoted his life to sharing his passion and knowledge with others around the world.