Apple Releases iOS 13.5 Beta 3 With Coronavirus Exposure Notification API

Apple has released the third developer beta of iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 since it relabeled from iOS 13.4.5. The company also seeded the second developer beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, watchOS 6.2.5, as well as tvOS 13.4.5. If you have registered in Apple's Developer Program, then the betas are now made available for you to download and install over-the-air.

iOS 13.5 introduces an exposure notification API in beta capacity to enable public health authorities to begin developing COVID–19 contact tracing apps that reap the benefits of it. Most of the features are for health-related apps that will implement the new API, but there is a toggle that is built to allow users to opt-out of COVID-19 exposure notifications.

With iOS 13.5, users can now share songs from Apple Music on Instagram Stories as well as Facebook Stories. The update also includes references for new iPhone models with Touch ID, Express Card, and indications of Apple working on the CarKey API support, according to 9to5mac.

Additionally, the update also addresses two security vulnerabilities that affect the Mail app on iOS devices. One vulnerability let an attacker to remotely infect an iOS device by sending emails that utilize a significant amount of memory, while another allowed remote code execution.

There is a VPN bug present on iOS 13 versions, while Apple released iOS 13.4.1 to address FaceTime issue and a bug in the Settings app, it's unlikely that Apple patched the VPN bug with iOS 13.4.1, thus, the iOS 13.5 update could too fix the VPN-related vulnerability.

macOS 10.15.5 introduces the Battery Health Management feature to the Mac, which aims to improve the battery life of the MacBook and reduce aging. The feature is only compatible with MacBook that includes the Thunderbolt 3 connectors. Apple says that the goal of this feature is to reduce the chemical aging of the MacBook battery and extend its long-term life without affecting the day-to-day battery life.

Other than that, we are not clear what new features are included in the watchOS 6.2.5 and tvOS 13.4.5 updates. However, the release notes are generic. Apple said: "This version contains bug fixes and improvements." Nevertheless, we will keep an eye on the updates to ensure if there are new features. If they do, we will update the post as soon as possible.

We expect that iOS 13.4.5, tvOS 13.4.5, and watchOS 6.2.5 are likely to be one of the last updates of the current operating system before their successor coming out this fall.

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