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Apple's iOS 13.5 update is about to make your face mask-wearing life a little easier, with the clearest sign that its next major iPhone software update is imminent. The GM (golden master) version of iOS 13.5 is now out for developers, and that's always the last update Apple issues before its software updates go public. iOS 13.5 features are headlined by a simplified unlock process for Face ID-equipped iPhones if you're wearing a face mask, according to the release notes via 9to5Mac. That's good news for those struggling with Face ID on iOS 13. You'll be able to unlock your phone right away with a passcode instead of waiting for the Face ID menu to fail twice, which is how it currently works. Apple's face-mask-detection feature will work on any iPhone without a home button – so from iPhone 11 to iPhone X, but not the iPhone SE 2020 – when you swipe up from the bottom of the lock screen, or need to authenticate with the App Store, Apple Books, Apple Pay or iTunes. iOS 13.5 supports Covid-19 contact tracing apps Contact tracing apps have been heralded as an essential step to reopening countries and avoiding the further spread of Covid-19. Apple and Google are leading contact tracing efforts, developing functionality into their smartphone operating systems. iOS 13.5 includes an 'Exposure Notification API' to support Covid-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities. No, those critical apps aren't here yet – that's up to individual governments to create or enable – but the framework is ready. The Exposure Notification API uses Bluetooth Low Energy to determine if, in the last 14 days, you've passed someone and they later test positive for Covid-19 then log it into a centralized database. All of this happens anonymously. Contact tracing apps will be tech's most important contribution to helping life get back to normal, and iOS 13.5 is the first step toward making that happen. For the immediate future, however, the ability to unlock your phone faster is the main reason to download the iOS 13.5 update as soon as it launches. Source : techradar.com
Apple has started offering a new repair service where one of its authorized service providers will come to your home or office to repair your device. The service, which was first spotted by MacRumors, can be accessed through Apple’s support site, where under certain circumstances you’ll now see an onsite repair option in addition to the existing instore and mail-in services. “In select locations, onsite service may be available,” Apple’s support page reads. The repairs are being offered via Go Tech Services, whose website lists it as an Apple Authorized Service Provider. At present, the company’s website says its repair services can only be booked via Apple’s support site.
Apple has smacked back at app developers moaning that their parental control apps were chucked off the App Store. Several app makers went to the New York Times to complain that their applications had been removed without warning from the digital outlet. Amir Moussavian, chief executive of OurPact, told the paper: "They yanked us out of the blue with no warning….They are systematically killing the industry." The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system includes tools to restrict access to applications. Apple insisted that it gave all the app-makers 30 days to alter their applications to bring them into line with App Store rules. Specifically, Apple said the axed apps used Mobile Device Management: "MDM gives a third party control and access over a device and its most sensitive information including user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions, and browsing history." Apple said it began investigating MDM use by "non-enterprise developers" in early 2017 and changed its rules in the middle of 2017. The company noted what it considers acceptable use of MDM including use by enterprises to track devices and control access to proprietary data. But Apple described use of MDM for consumer-focused applications as "incredibly risky" as well as being a violation of App Store Ts & Cs. Apple warned that beyond the direct control such an app would have over an iPhone, MDM also creates profiles which could be used by hackers to get control of a device. Apple said it gave app makers 30 days to update their software or risk being removed. The company said: "Several developers released updates to bring their apps in line with these policies. Those that didn't were removed from the App Store." Several app makers are making complaints to the European Union's competition watchdog. The full statement is available here. The World Health Organisation released guidelines of child development last week which were widely reported as suggesting restrictions on screen time. Actually, the recommendations were for more physical activity generally along with better quality sleep. For three- to four-year-olds that means at least 180 minutes a day of varied physical activity and between 10 and 13 hours of "good quality" sleep. WHO noted that 23 per cent of adults and a whopping 80 per cent of adolescents are not "sufficiently physically active".
Apple clapped back at Spotify's "misleading" complaints that Apple's App Store abuses its power to stifle competition, accusing the music-streaming giant of wanting a free ride to the disadvantage of smaller developers now that it's grown into a powerhouse. "Spotify wouldn't be the business they are today without the App Store ecosystem, but now they're leveraging their scale to avoid contributing to maintaining that ecosystem for the next generation of app entrepreneurs," Apple said late Thursday. "We think that's wrong." The feud pits Apple, a gadget giant whose App Store is essential for mobile services to thrive, against the biggest subscription music service in the world and one of the most popular iOS apps. The outcome of their face-off could change what you're able to buy -- and how easily it is to buy things from Apple competitors -- on Apple devices and in iOS apps. Spotify filed an antitrust complaint to European regulators earlier this week, claiming that some of Apple's practices, like charging subscription companies a 30 percent fee for in-app purchases, abuse the market power of the App Store. Spotify claimed Apple wields the App Store's power to stifle apps that compete with its other businesses, like Apple Music subscriptions that go head-to-head with Spotify. https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-slams-spotify-claim-app-store-abuses-power-to-stifle-competition/