The latest iOS 13.5 has just been released by Apple and you should download it now. This update includes a crucial feature that could not have arrived soon. IOS 13.5, designed to prevent facial masks, removing the convenience and security of Apple's Face ID system, which allows iPhone X or newer devices unlock and authenticate payments after scanning users' faces. Unlike previous iPhone biometric security systems, such as Touch ID fingerprint scanners, this is safer, works with gloves and can unlock the phone when the sensor – or your hands – are wet.
However, as the current global public health crisis has demonstrated, Face ID is far from an ideal solution when health officials and governments around the world are asking people to wear face masks in an attempt to prevent the potential from spreading. Potentially fatal COVID-19.
At the moment, users who wear face masks – which must cover both their mouth and nose to be effective – need to wait for Face ID to fail twice before iOS loads the option to enter their backup PIN or alphanumeric password.
With iOS 13.5, Apple has reduced that wait. Therefore, if you are wearing a mask, you can now unlock the device immediately with the password, instead of waiting for the face ID to fail. Obviously, this will only affect those who own an iPhone without a Home button. Older or new models iPhone SE, you will not see any changes – as the fingerprint sensor works well with a mask.
And this is not all new within iOS 13.5.
The mobile operating system supports contact tracking applications, which several governments believe will be instrumental in restoring life to some form of normality during the ongoing pandemic.
Apple has partnered with Google to create a cross-platform system designed to preserve users' privacy – while still allowing Android and iOS smartphones to control who you are closest to.
The Exposure Notification API uses Bluetooth Low Energy to determine whether – at any point during the past two weeks – you've passed someone who later tested positive for the new coronavirus. All of this happens anonymously to restrict the amount of health and location data stored on iPhone and Android owners.
As it stands, the NHS is trying to build its own system to be able to maintain more of that data, which it believes is crucial to tracking the spread of coronavirus across the population and helping to prevent further spread. However, this means that he will not be able to use Bluetooth connections in the background all the time – such as those created by Google and Apple.
Here are the full Apple update notes: "iOS 13.5 speeds access to the passcode field on devices with facial ID when you are wearing a face mask and introduces the exposure notification API to support tracking applications contact details of public health authorities COVID-19. The update also features an option to control the automatic highlighting of video blocks in Group FaceTime calls and includes bug fixes and other improvements. "
IPhone owners who wish to update the operating system to the latest version must access Settings> General> Software Update to start installing iOS 13.5.