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Apple releases iOS 13.5 beta with exposure notification API

Published Apr 29th, 2020 1:18PM EDT
iOS 13.5 beta
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  • Apple rolled out iOS 13.5 developer beta 3 and iPadOS 13.5 developer beta 3 on Wednesday.
  • iOS 13.5 beta 3 has the exposure notification API from Apple and Google that health agency developers will use to build apps for contact tracing of people who test positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • iOS 13.5 will likely be the final numbered entry before iOS 14 arrives this fall.
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Apple released the third developer betas for iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 on Wednesday. The main feature of this beta release is the addition of the notification exposure API that Apple and Google teamed up to create, giving many public health agency developers a tool that they can use to build contact tracing apps to track people who might be infected with the novel coronavirus. Google released a new beta of Google Play Services as well that also contains the API. On May 1st, Apple and Google will share more details with developers, including sample code.

Although Apple is referring to this release as iOS 13.5 beta 3, it’s worth noting that the previous beta release was iOS 13.4.5 beta 2. As 9to5Mac explains, any iOS release with a new SDK has to have a new version number too, which is why there won’t be a beta 1 or beta 2 of iOS 13.5. In case you were curious.

Apple’s iOS 13.5 beta 3 is now available, alongside the corresponding iPad software update for developers, iPadOS 13.5 beta 3. We can also expect new versions of Apple’s public iOS betas to follow shortly. Wondering whether or not your device is compatible with iOS 13.5 or iPadOS 13.5? We put together a list below that contains every compatible device. If your device is on there, it’s compatible with Apple’s latest beta software:

  • iPhone SE 2nd generation
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 3rd generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 7th generation

As you know by now, installing a new iOS or iPadOS beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch couldn’t be easier. Just navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap “Download and Install” at the bottom of that page. If you want, you can also install the update through iTunes by connecting your iOS device to your computer. Whichever method you choose, just make sure to back up your device before installing the update.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.