Despite the fact that a month earlier, Apple released the first beta version of iOS 13.4.5, jumping immediately through four updates, at some point in Cupertino thought better of it and decided to make up for the gaps. In any case, the release of iOS 13.4.1 indirectly hinted at this. Therefore, many decided that while Apple is testing iOS 13.4.5, it will release several more filling updates with corrections and improvements, especially since there really is something to fix and improve in iOS 13. However, instead of the third beta version of iOS 13.4.5 or iOS 13.4.2, today Apple introduced immediately the third test build of iOS 13.5.
iOS 13.5 is in many ways a unique update. Firstly, this is the first in the history of the fifth functional update that iOS receives. Until this moment, Apple’s mobile OS got no more than four such updates. However, due to problems with iOS 13 that the company faced at the start, it had to slightly shift the release schedule for new versions of the OS and release iOS 13.4 not in June, as happened with identical updates in the past, but in March. Therefore, some – for example, I – were sure that iOS 13.5 could be waiting for us in the near future. And so it happened.
How Apple Watches Patient COVID-19
Secondly, I think you already understood why Apple immediately released the third beta version of iOS 13.5. The point here is not at all in a hurry or in the company's desire to launch a tracking system for patients with coronavirus as soon as possible, although this is important. The thing is that Apple simply renamed iOS 13.4.5 to iOS 13.5. Initially, when the company was just launching the iOS 13.4.5 beta test program, it was not going to track infected COVID-19, however, when such a need arose, Cupertino decided that the third-order update through passage was clearly not suitable, and it was necessary to release that something more meaningful.
Thirdly, iOS 13.5 is unusual in that it includes an integrated tracking system for users with coronavirus. Purely technically, she does not literally spy on those who are officially diagnosed with COVID-19, but records the meetings of people with each other. This system works on the basis of Bluetooth Low Energy, forcing the iPhone to emit signals that are received by everyone on the iPhone. However, the fact of the meeting is counted only if you stand close enough to the interlocutor for five minutes.
How Apple Protects Your Data
The data on the fact of the meeting is stored on the devices of the meeting users in encoded form. Subsequently, if one of them finds out that he has a diagnosis of COVID-19, he can report this to a special application. As a result, the system will analyze all those with whom the infected contacted and notify them of this, recommending an analysis. Of course, neither the time, nor the meeting place, nor even the name of the carrier will be transferred, so you will never know from whom you could pick up the infection.
In the future, Apple promises, users will not even need special applications, since the meeting tracking interface will be more deeply integrated into iOS. Another thing is that it’s not very clear right now what kind of applications they will use infected to alert those who might have been infected by them. According to some reports, these applications will be released either by local health authorities or by third-party developers. In any case, there is no evidence that publishers are Apple or Google.