First iOS 13.5.5 beta released to developers

The news: Following the public release of iOS 13.5.1, Apple just released iOS 13.5.5 beta 1 to developers.

  • It appears the update adds Apple Pay support for Hong Kong’s Octopus card

Our take: Alright…it’s to the point where keeping track of these random version numbers is becoming quite challenging. For the average user, the software releases lately have been a jumbled mess with no clear rhyme or reason. Regardless of what’s changing in 13.5.5, it already feels confusing.

What’s new in iOS 13.5

The news: The GM release of iOS 13.5–which seems to be launching imminently–includes the official changelog for the first ever x.5 update. Here’s what’s new:

  • Face ID jumps straight to the passcode prompt if you’re wearing a mask
  • Exposure notifications, which are opt-in, allow you to notify others or be notified if you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus
  • Group FaceTime’s dynamically sized tiles can be disabled
  • Also opt-in, you can automatically send your Medical ID to emergency services when dialing 911

Our take: Apple and Google’s contact tracking partnership is monumental and a sign of times that no one can recognize as normal. I can’t wait to see how it helps track the spread of COVID-19 and does genuine good. Plus, the new Face ID auto-passcode mask stuff is super helpful.