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25 Nov 2020

iOS 13.5 update: Things you should know about before installing it 

iOS 13.5 update: Things you should know about before installing it
iOS 13.5

iOS 13.5 update was finally released and it’s the most important iOS update ever released because it integrates Apple’s “COVID-19” contact tracing. iOS 13.5 is for all iOS 13-compatible devices. This means the iPhone 6S and newer and the 7th generation iPod touch. It is a large release with a fairly lengthy changelog. It includes a mix of new features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements.

iOS 13.5 Update: What’s New

Face ID and Passcode:

  • 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:

  • 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.

Emergency Services:

  • Option to automatically share health and other essential information from your Medical ID with emergency services when you place an emergency call. (the United States only)

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where users may see a black screen when trying to play streaming video from some websites.
  • Addresses an issue in the share sheet where suggestions and actions may not load.

iOS 13.5 Problems

Within a few days of release, Apple users are reporting a strange iOS 13.5 bug that’s preventing apps from launching. The current list of iOS 13.5 problems includes some of the usual suspects: installation problems, lag, Exchange issues, problems with first and third-party apps, hotspot problems, weird battery drain, and issues with Touch ID and Face ID.

Also, a renowned iPhone Hacking team has released a new “jailbreak” tool that unlocks every iPhone, even the most recent models running the latest iOS 13.5.

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