Apple iOS 13.5 beta 4 add API for Exposure Notification, Face ID, and Face Time

Apple unveils the iOS 13.5 beta 4 for developers. The latest update features tweak for exposure notification, Face ID, and Face Time.

The tech giant released the fourth beta to iOS 13.5. The most recent release comes a week after the iOS 13.5 beta 3 launch. The update to the iPhone operating system brings to iOS the result of the tech giant’s collaboration with Google.

The two giants team up to create the API for the contact tracing technology. As the iOS 13.5 beta 4 launches, developers can now create apps to help trace COVID 19 tested positive users. This is the two company’s way of helping mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Exposure Notification log

One notable improvement with the beta is the clearer instructions in the Exposure Notification. The toggle now displays a note saying that the feature only turns out when accompanied by an installed app.

This means that iPhone users must wait for the launch of a COVID 19 contact tracing app. Only then can the Exposure Logging be turned out.

The iPhone exposure log functions by allowing the iPhone to collect random IDs from other connected Bluetooth devices. The Log will keep all the random IDs for 14 days and allows an authorized app to notify the user of the potential COVID 19 exposure.

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The log further notes that COVID 19 diagnosed patients may choose anonymously to share their random IDs. Thus, notifying connected random ID holders on the novel coronavirus threat nearby.

If there are no apps for contact tracing available for download, the feature will not turn out. iPhone holders from countries that do not have the app will see a warning displayed on their devices.

To see if there are available apps that use the Exposure Notification API present, users may check for themselves. Open the device settings then choose privacy and head over to Exposure Notification where a list of contact tracing apps will be seen once available.

FaceTime and Face ID improvements

Aside from the API for Exposure Notification, Apple also enhanced the FaceTime experience with the iOS 13.5. beta 4. iPhone holders may now customize their FaceTime video conferences.

iPhone users no longer have to go with the large tiled faces on the screen during a group video call. A caller may now disable the larger tiles in group video calls on Face Time.

Updating an iPhone to iOS 13.5 beta 4 also automatically skips the facial scanning when a user is wearing a mask. Instead, the device will skip to the passcode screen for manual unlock passcode entry.

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