The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a long-lasting impact not just on the world economy. And the global population but also on the way we use our gadgets. To keep up with the changes brought by the pandemic. Tech giant Apple has released iOS 13.5 with Face ID enhancements, Exposure Notification API, and more.
On Wednesday Apple released the public version of iOS 13.5. Which makes unlocking your iPhone while wearing a face mask easier. This is an important update for those, especially frontline health workers. Who spend the majority of their time wearing face masks. If you use an iPhone with a built-in Face ID, the update bypasses the Face ID feature to speed up the unlocking process. You will still need to need to enter your passcode to unlock your iPhone, but at least it will cut down the time to unlock the iPhone. Once again, just to clarify, Face ID is available on select few iPhones, starting with the iPhone X.
Along with the Face ID enhancement, the update also includes the COVID-19 Exposure Notification. API that company made in partnership with Google, a FaceTime group calling improvement. And more improvements and bug fixes. You can update your iPhone by going to the Settings app, tapping General, then tapping Software Update and following the prompts. If your iPhone doesn’t have Face ID, it’s still worth updating the software for all the other performance enhancements and bug fixes.
The feature is only available on devices with Face ID, that is, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. This also works when the user is authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID.