iOS 13.5 is almost ready for launch and it’s been a while since we’ve noticed iPhone and iPad users being this buzzed for an iOS update.
the excitement for iOS 13.5 exists primarily because it features the updated version of Apple’s Face ID biometric unlock process that recognizes that you’re wearing a face mask. The new and improved process cuts down the time it takes to unlock your phone, which I’ve desperately wanted when I’m going on my walks to pick up grocery.
Apple, earlier today, released the Gold Master (GM) build of iOS 13.5 to developers, alongside new versions of all of its operating systems (iPadOS 13.5, watchOS 6.2.5, tvOS 13.4.5). 9to5Mac reported the release. When a GM version of Apple software comes out, that’s the bat signal to get ready for its public release.
As we discovered by those who’ve downloaded the iOS 13.5 beta, your iPhone will now recognize you’re wearing a face mask and stop trying to log you in with Face ID. Then, a quick swipe up from the bottom of the screen will open your passcode login field, cutting down the time it takes to get to your grocery store list, or perform any other essential tasks when you’re out in the field.
That’s not all that there is to this update though. As per the release notes for iOS 13.5 GM, the update introduces Apple and Google’s important Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities. The new API will allow developers from public health agencies to create apps that track contact, and make it easier to notify people in that tracking history that they should be tested.
“This update also introduces an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls and includes bug fixes and other improvements,” the release notes add.
While there’s no set period between a GM and the broader release, it is typically around a week before that happens. This means that the next few days would be a good time to make sure your iPhone is backed up.