New Delhi | Jagran Technology Desk: The Cupertino-based Apple is set to roll out iOS 13.5 update, which will enable the iPhone users worldwide to unlock their Apple smartphones while wearing the face masks.

According to a report in 9to5Mac, the iOS 13.5 release note states that iPhone users trying to unlock their devices while wearing a face mask will automatically see the numeric passcode field displayed to them as soon as they turn on the iPhone display and attempt to unlock the device.

This small but important update will significantly help ease the tech ordeal of the iPhone users, who have to either remove their masks in order to unlock their iPhones, or wait for repeated failed face recognition attempts to register, before the passcode field ends up being displayed automatically.

The crucial update can significantly reduce the ordeal of Frontline COVID warriors -- Doctors, Health workers and law enforcement professionals -- who have to remove their masks in order to unlock their Apple devices in an atmosphere where they should not be removing their masks in the first place due to the prevalence of COVID-19 infection around them.

Along with the update to blend the face recognition patterns in accordance to the wearing of masks being necessitated by the COVID pandemic, Apple’s iOS 13.5 update will also introduce the 'Exposure Notification API', which Apple has built in collaboration with Google to ensure feasible integration of Covid-19 contact tracing apps by national or regional healthcare departments.


As the update continues to be rolled out globally, what remains to be seen is that how, in the Indian users, iOS 13.5 update reflects in Aarogya Setu app, country's official Covid-19 Contact Tracing application.

Earlier, the reports had suggested that the contact tracing system developed by Apple and Google will use only Bluetooth signals from phones to detect encounters and will not use or store GPS location data, to 'ensure the Privacy of its users'.


Other improvements of the iOS 13.5 update include minor fixes to FaceTime group video calls, a black screen issue in some unnamed video streaming apps and a bug in the slide-out menu.

Posted By: Talib Khan