Apple Update Alerts When Someone With Covid-19 Is Near

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 23, 2020

Apple is turning the iPhone into a tool to help fight the coronavirus.

Like we mentioned above, iOS 13.5 now lets you unlock the iPhone using FaceID even if you are wearing a face mask.

COVID-19 exposure notifications use Bluetooth technology and contact tracing from authorized public health apps. The aim is to alert users who may have been exposed to the coronavirus via a notification. The two tech giants released this new software Wednesday so public health authorities can use Apple-Google technology to create COVID-19 contact-tracing apps that will vary by state. While the API will be introduced in all iPhones, contact tracing app developers will be required to enable the use of the API by the respective apps, in order for them to come into effect. Other health agencies in other locations will get access in the coming weeks. One of the reasons could be that health authorities are yet to incorporate the Apple and Google Exposure Notification API in their apps. At the time of writing, no apps are now ready.

Apple's iOS 13.5 fixes a bug wherein iPhone users see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites. With iOS 13.5, users will get the option to turn this feature off. (Image credit: Future)(Image credit: Future)(Image credit: Future)4.

Select the Privacy tab then go to Health. The feature is only available on devices with Face ID, that is, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. With this update, Face ID will recognize that you're wearing a mask and automatically bring up the passcode field, making the unlock faster. If a person has tested positive for Covid-19, their iPhone can share a list of everyone they've been in contact with to the cloud.

Apple now also gives the user an option to control automatic prominence on Group ‌FaceTime‌ calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks.

The new Face ID process will also work with other authentications apart from unlocking your screen.

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