August 31, 2020
Apple’s next iPhone update could let users receive coronavirus exposure notifications without having to download a third-party app.
The beta version of iOS 13.7 was released to developers, showing the ability to turn on the alarms in ‘Settings.’
Exposure notifications apparently uses a smartphone’s Bluetooth to notify users when they come in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for the deadly virus.
However, Apple reveals in the update that certain functions may not be rolled out because ‘system availability depends on support from your local public health authority.’
Coronavirus cases have begun to decrease across the world, however contact tracing apps are still a key players in keeping infection rates at bay.
Prior to the new discovery in the iOS system, Apple had teamed up with Google to produce an app and launched it in May.
The software is used by a nation’s health authority to build their own apps and has so far been given to 22 countries who requested access to the technology.
The tech partners noted that the app would be rolled out in two phases, with the first surfacing in with iOS 13.5 that required users to download a government app, MacRumors reports.
This article was posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 at 3:12 am