Today brings a surprising update for iOS 13: iOS 13.7 exposure notification adds Express, Google’s next step and Google’s collaboration to assist local, regional and national governments in tracking COVID – 19 exposure and isolating infected people. iOS 13.7 adds some extra minor features and it has joined the iPadOS 13.7, which mostly includes bug fixes. Google is set to release its own Exposure Notification Express on Android later this month.
Back in April, Apple and Google have announced a joint plan to develop a system that will use Bluetooth hardware on iPhones and Android phones to assist in contact tracing between epidemics. “Exposure Notification Express” Moniker-first phase begins for the second phase of this rollout Software updates in May There is also an API that helps public health officials develop their own applications for this purpose. Now, with this update, those executives can take advantage of high-tech exposure tracking without having to develop their own applications.
In Apple implementation for iOS, users in participating states will be prompted to receive notifications if contact-tracing data indicates that they have been exposed. The consumer is advised on the next steps to be taken, which are defined by the consumer’s local public health authority. Public health officials define when and under what circumstances notifications should be sent as well as what guidance should be provided to those who are exposed.
So far, Maryland, Nevada, Virginia and the District of Columbia have been involved in the exposure notification express policy, though more may come later. Virginia, North Dakota, Wyoming, Alabama, Arizona and Nevada have previously launched exposure notification solutions using the API. Also, 20 countries have already launched exposure-tracking apps. Apple and Google say the new exposure notification express policy will not affect existing solutions.
As for other changes in iOS 13.7, the Apple Release Notes update will add new Memoji stickers and allow iCloud Drive folder sharing and new bug fixes for the Files app. Since iPods are not included in the Exposure Notification System, the iPadOS 13.7 update focuses on bug fixes.
iOS 13.7 may be the last or next software update for iPhones before iOS 14 launches, which is expected to happen in the next few weeks.
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