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Update iOS 13.5 now available, improving Face ID when you wear a mask

On May 20th (local time), Apple began offering iOS 13.5 update for iPhone and iPod Touch users, and iPadOS 13.5 for iPad device users. This update provides several features and improvements that have been tested on iOS 13.5 Beta.

iOS 13.5 now available, improving Face ID when you wear a mask

The most important note in this update is that Passcode Lock access on devices that use Face ID will become easier when you use a mask.

Previously, Face ID would detect the user’s face and had to fail to unlock the screen several times. Only then will the Passcode Lock screen appear on the screen.

Now, Face ID does not authenticate users while wearing a mask that hides the nose and mouth. If you can’t authenticate with Face ID, the iOS device will display a passcode input screen. But it takes a few seconds because Face ID tries to recognize the person wearing the mask. Even a small amount of time can be stressful, such as when paying with Apple Pay.

In iOS 13.5, moving from Face ID to the passcode input screen when wearing a mask has been simplified. If you try to unlock your Face ID while your face is covered, you could use “Swipe from bottom to top” → “Face ID verification” (authentication failure) → “Passcode entry”. In iOS 13.5, “Swipe from bottom to top” automatically displays the “Passcode entry” screen. You can enter the passcode promptly.

The Changelog

Here is changelog from the iOS 13.5 update:

  • Simplified unlock process for devices with Face ID when you are wearing a face mask.
  • Passcode field automatically presented after swiping up from the bottom of the Lock screen when you are wearing a face mask.
  • It also works when authenticating with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay, iTunes, and other apps that support signing in with Face ID.
  • Exposure Notification API to support COVID–19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.
  • Option to control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks.
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In addition to notes about Face ID and masks. The iOS 13.5 updates also present the Exposure Notification API to support contact tracing in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This feature can be accessed by health applications designated by the local government.

Another note given is the setting for group FaceTime calls, which is turning off the video display option which is larger when one participant is talking.

In group FaceTime calls, the video tile size is automatically scaled so that the person speaking is visible. It’s a user interface that doesn’t lose track of the conversation, but in some cases, it’s better to have the same tiles for all participants. IOS 13.5 added an option to control the ability to automatically resize video tiles.

Another note provided is the Emergency Services feature to share Medical IDs in emergencies (specifically for the United States).

Apple also has fixed the problem of black display on the screen when streaming video and Share Sheet mode in the Suggestions and Actions section.

How to Update to iOS 13.5

As usual, you can update to iOS 13.5 in several ways. Start from OTA Updates or update directly on an iOS device from the Settings – General – Software Update.

Another way is to update via iTunes or Restore via iTunes.

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