Apple releases iOS 13.5: Here's why you should update right away!

By Ritik Banga - May 21, 2020
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The iOS 13.5 update brings some new features and enhancements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as Face ID enhancements, Exposure Notification API for developers, and much more.

After a few weeks since Apple released iOS 13.4.1, which was essentially a stability update, Apple has now released iOS 13.5 to the general public. The update was released yesterday and addresses some issues, while also introducing potentially life-saving new features.

First and foremost, if you haven't received notification of the update yet on your supported iPhone (6s and later), you can always manually check for it by heading to the Settings app > General > Software update. And if you're unsure about updating to the newest version of iOS, here are a couple of reasons why you should.

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As we reported earlier, Apple and Google have been working together to turn your phone into COVID-19 tracker. It is an initiative that uses Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus. iOS 13.5 supports Exposure Notification API, which further supports the COVID-19 tracing application.

Moreover, the update also speeds up access to the passcode field with Face ID, when the facial recognition system detects if you're wearing a mask. This is a potential lifesaver as people around the world have been pulling down their face masks in crowded situations to get facial recognition to work, which, in turn, defeats the whole purpose of wearing a face mask in the first place. So far, the detection feature has been working flawlessly.

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Apart from that, the update also allows the user to control the automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls. It also comes with various other stability upgrades. The iOS 13 journey has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride, so far. The latest iOS update sure helps with the overall stability.

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