An exact week after releasing the third beta versions of its new operating systems, Apple today released the fourth beta versions of iOS / iPadOS 13.5 (build 17F5065a), from watchOS 6.2.5 (17T5607a) and the tvOS 13.4.5 (17L5560a).
As we mentioned, the third beta version of iOS / iPadOS 13.5 was the first to bring support to framework «Exposure Notification» (“Exposure Alert”) which, as the name implies, will notify users who may have contacted people infected with the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In addition to framework, the news also involves improvements in Face ID (the password panel appears quickly when we are wearing a mask) and new options for the Group FaceTime feature (option to turn off the feature that zooms in when a person speaks).
As we also showed when it was still called iOS 13.4.5, 13.5 will come with the possibility to share songs from Apple Music via Stories Instagram and / or Facebook.
Along with the new systems, Apple also released the Xcode 11.5 beta 2 (build 11N605f). For now, we don’t have a new beta for macOS Catalina 10.15.5 – but it should be out soon.
If any more interesting news appears in the new builds of operating systems, we will inform you! ?
Update, for Rafael Fischmann 06/05/2020 at 15:30
Now, on the Exposure Alert privacy settings screen, it is no longer possible to activate / deactivate the feature without an appropriate app being installed on the iPhone – iOS will indicate if there is no app still available in the user’s country.
As we explain here, what Apple and Google are offering at the beginning is a framework for official government / health agency apps to make use of the technology. IOS and Android itself will not do this natively, at least not yet.
At the bottom of the screen, the user will also have easy access to a button to delete the exposure record with all the random IDs stored on the device.
According to 9to5Mac, there are indications that Apple will also take this to the iPad.
Update II, by Rafael Fischmann 05/06/2020 at 15:50
Another new feature of iOS 13.5 beta 4 is that when you open the app Cheers (Health), the system will remind the user to update their Medical Record.
In addition, we have a new feature that can automatically share your Medical Record when calling Emergency Services – and no longer just show it on the device’s locked screen.
It will be an update really well focused on the pandemic of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Update III, by Rafael Fischmann May 07, 2020 at 14:10
Today, a day later, Apple released what was missing: the macOS Catalina 10.15.5 beta 4 (build 19F83c), which will come with a new feature to preserve Mac batteries.
As always, any news we will notify here.