Apple on Thursday released iOS 13.5 for iPhone and iPadOS 13.5 for iPad. You should definitely update to the latest software version if you are using a FaceID-supported Apple device. The new update allows you to unlock your phone faster if you are wearing a mask. This is quite an impressive addition since wearing a mask these days is the new normal. iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 also provide an enhancement to Group FaceTime calls with an automatic prominence option wherein the video of the speaker gets highlighted automatically. The new update also introduces Exposure Notification API which allows public authorities to develop apps for COVID-19 contact tracing.
What’s New in iOS 13.5
Faster device unlock
The most important addition in the iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 is how the unlock process has been made fast on the FaceID supporting devices if you are wearing a mask amid this COVID-19 situation. Now, when the FaceID detects that you are wearing a mask, it automatically brings up the passcode field rather than attempting to read the face first and then showing up the passcode screen. This allows you to unlock your phone faster without having to remove your mask. I personally felt quite irritated when my iPhone used to take those extra couple of seconds to show up the passcode screen. So yes, this is a welcome addition.
Automatic Prominence in Group FaceTime Calls
The new update also adds the automatic prominence feature to Group FaceTime calls. Turning on this option will automatically highlight the speaker during a group FaceTime call. In the days when group video calls is a thing, this option is indeed a good one. You may access this option by going to Settings -> FaceTime.
Sharing Apple Music song on Instagram Story
Another introduction in the iOS 13.5 is the ability to share songs from your Apple Music to a Instagram Story. And you can do so right from the Apple Music app. Interesting, right? Go give it a swing!
How to Download iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5
You can check the availability of the update on your iPhone or iPad device by going to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Please make sure that your device has more than 50% battery and is connected to a Wi-Fi network. I would suggest you to put your iPhone or iPad on power before starting the update.
Did you spot any other interesting changes in the iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 released? Let us know in the comments below.