The news: Apple just released iOS 13.7 beta 1 to developers.

  • According to 9to5Mac, “iOS 13.7 lets you opt-in to the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system without the need to download an app. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority”
  • This the first time Apple has ever released an iOS x.7 update
  • Apple has more details about exposure notifications here: http://covid19.apple.com/contacttracing

Our take: The barrier of needing an app to participate in exposure notifications always felt odd to me, and it seems the new update will allow anyone to opt-in. Pretty cool.