Apple iOS 13.5 update is out, Face ID upgrades, Covid-19 tracing API support

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Apple released the iOS 13.5 update, with key updates to Face ID and API support for COVID-19 contact tracing amongst other features.
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Apple released the iOS 13.5 update, there is new Exposure Notification API which will be helpful for COVID-19 contract apps developed by health authorities. There is an upgrade to the Face ID, which will detect if you are wearing a mask, if so it will automatically open up the Passcode field when swiped from the bottom.

Apple also added an option to control video tiles during Group FaceTime calls. So no more movement of Video tiles when someone is speaking. There are other bug fixes as well along with these changes.

Here the complete changelog from Apple

Face ID and Passcode
  • Simplified unlock process for devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask
  • Passcode field automatically presented after swiping up from the bottom of the Lock screen when you are wearing a face mask
  • Also works when authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID
Exposure Notification
  • Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities
  • Option to control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks
Emergency Services
  • Option to automatically share health and other essential information from your Medical ID with emergency services when you place an emergency call (US only)
This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements.
  • Fixes an issue where users may see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites
  • Addresses an issue in the share sheet where suggestions and actions may not load
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