Apple makes unlocking iPhone easier while wearing a coronavirus mask

Ruben Fields
May 23, 2020

You can install iOS 13.5 by opening the Settings app and going to General Software Update. This new update will allow apps released by agencies to verify if the user may have been in close proximity who has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

One of the biggest changes in the new update is the ability to quickly unlock your smartphone when you are wearing a face mask.

Apps that incorporate the Exposure Notification API will use Bluetooth to track and identify people in contact with an infected person.

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Officially called "Exposure Notifications" in the iOS 13.5 update, Apple (along with Google doing the same with Android) has baked in an API for contact tracing apps. Here's how to update iOS on an iPhone, and how to update iPadOS on an iPad. To ensure user privacy, Apple and Google state that temporary exposure keys are generated randomly instead of being derived from a tracing key. Apps from governments and health authorities from more than 22 countries have signed up to participate, meaning COVID-19 apps that use Exposure Notification should be coming soon. Our technology is created to make these apps work better. Tap the box that says COVID-19 Exposure Logging with the word "Off" underneath it. If an individual is tested COVID-19 positive, the device will transmit a list of people the user came in contact with and alert them.

Users can also change the feature on Group FaceTime calls that makes some call participants appear larger than others when they speak with the update and choose an option to share their Medical ID information with emergency services when making an emergency call. The latest software updates simplify the unlock process specifically for devices with Face ID to help users wearing masks. Also, the UI will now show the passcode field automatically after swiping up from the bottom of the lock screen.

The new version of iOS is now available to download on supported devices, and it includes a number of new features as well as various bug fixes and improvements. For full details, check out their release notes here.

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