11 May 2020
Apple released the new beta of iOS 13.5 to developers and enabled many new features, including the first version of its COVID-19 exposure notification API to public health authorities. This is the main highlight of the newest update since it is the major start to the first phase of the Contact Tracing program.
As observed by the developers, the new beta of iOS 13.5 also includes a small tweak that makes it easier to unlock your iPhone without Face ID and enter your passcode in code you’re wearing a mask.
Here's a notable developer Guilherme Rambo is demoing on Twitter as well -
As pointed out by @Sonikku_a2, if you’re wearing a mask, iOS 13.5 goes straight to the passcode screen if you try to unlock with Face ID (keypad not shown because iOS hides it in screen recordings) pic.twitter.com/bQCzu5u20p— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) April 29, 2020
With this change, if you’re wearing a mask and trying unlocking with the Face ID, it will take you straight to the passcode screen to unlock your iPhone. Needless to say, if you’re not wearing a mask, Face ID still works normally.
Talking about one major change, the COVID-19 contact tracing exposure notification option can be seen in the Settings app. Users will be able to enable this option to get exposure notifications. Here is a screenshot shared by a developer that shows the available option with a toggle on/off button.
At the time of writing, the iOS 13.5 beta 3 is rolled out to developers and iOS 13.5 Public Beta 2 has been released as well.