Apple today released Wednesday, May 6, the third public beta for iOS 13.5. This latest public beta update comes exactly one week after Apple released iOS 13.5 Public Beta 2, which included Apple and Google's joint COVID-19 Exposure Notification API. Public Beta 3 updates that settings page to display a more detailed "Exposure Registration" option instead.
Apple released this update at 1:00 PM. PDT, the company's usual release time for public beta updates. If you follow iOS beta updates closely, you know that Apple posted developers at 1:00 PM PDT 13.5 dev beta 4. Dev beta 4 is the same software as public beta 3, so we know more about this update than when we first released it.
The biggest new feature in this update is the "COVID-1
It appears that this institution completely replaces the old notification institution. "COVID-19 exposure notifications" still appears when searching for settings, but when tapped, a link to this new log setting is created instead.
This is only the second beta under the name iOS 13.5, but the third public beta of the series. That's because the first public beta was called 13.4.5. Apple likely changed the name because of the major update, including the COVID-19 exposure notification API. The update also included a new switch to turn off auto-zooming for tiles in Group FaceTime calls, to address complaints that distracted the movement during busy calls.
iOS & iPadOS 13.5 Beta 4 Release Notes
- The iOS & iPadOS 13.5 SDK supports developing apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices with iOS & iPadOS 13.5. The SDK comes with Xcode 11.5 beta 2, available from the Mac App Store. See Xcode 11.5 Beta 2 Release Notes for information on compatibility requirements for Xcode 11.5 beta 2.
Exposure Notification – Known Issues
- Weight values cannot be zeroed. Workaround: set weights to be zero to .0001.
Music – New Features
- A new option is available to share songs, albums and playlists with Facebook and Instagram Stories. (60895397)
To download and install iOS 13.5 Public Beta 3, sign in through the Apple Beta site, download and install the configuration profile, and then update wirelessly. If you already have the profile, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to start the installation of the latest beta version, or you can wait for it to install automatically if "Automatic Updates" is enabled.
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