16 July 2020
Apple has started rolling out the iOS 13.5 update to its compatible iPhone models. The newest update brings a couple of important changes, including a better way to unlock your iPhone while you are wearing a mask.
As noted in the iOS 13.5 beta, the operating system has now made a new way that bypasses the Face ID in case you try to unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask or any thief who wants to take advantage of your iPhone. It rather takes you straight to the passcode screen from where you can unlock the iPhone in an old classic way. This is a good decision that Apple has made to keep those mockeries at bay and protect you from any potential threats.
The second important addition that Apple has made available to iPhone models via iOS 13.5 is a COVID-19 relevant feature. Apple is rolling out Exposure Notification Exposure API which has been built along with Google. The API has been released to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities. Note that the notification toggle is not available to everyone in the settings. Your country or state government will need to build an app using the API first for you to take advantage of this feature.
Apple has also added an option in iOS 13.5 that would share your Medical ID with emergency services when you make an emergency call so that the first responder could take appropriate decisions. This feature is available in the US only.
Apple iOS 13.5 also changes the way the automatic prominence feature for video tiles during Group FaceTime calls works. You can now choose to disable the feature that makes video tile of the person currently speaking larger. You can disable it so that all tiles remain the same size. The option is enabled by default, though you can disable it by going to Settings > FaceTime > Automatic Prominence.
The iOS 13.5 also includes some bug fixes, including a fix for the black screen while playing streaming video from some websites.