On Wednesday, Apple seeded the third betas of iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 to developers. For those keeping track, this is another change Apple is making to the upcoming version of iOS and iPadOS — specifically built around the “exposure notification” system that Apple is rolling out with Google to help combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease it causes.
Apple is bumping up iOS 13.4.5 to iOS 13.5, which includes the necessary code to run the first apps built with the new API. At the same time, Apple is also seeding Xcode 11.5’s first beta that includes a new version of the iOS SDK that includes the exposure notification API.
For the general consumer, the first developer beta of iOS 13.4.5 did add a quick and easy way to share songs from Apple Music to both Instagram and Facebook Stories. This feature will see the light of day for the end user when Apple launches iOS 13.5 to the public at some point in the near future.
iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 can be downloaded directly from the Apple Developer center for registered developers. The proper configuration profile must be installed on devices that are going to test the pre-release software.
Apple also seeded the third developer betas of macOS Catalina 10.15.5, watchOS 6.2.5, and tvOS 13.4.5 as well.
As far as what’s new in the latest version of the pre-release software, that remains unknown at the time of publication. However, if there are any major discoveries found in the new releases we will update this post accordingly. While Apple did not appear to include a fix with the first developer beta, it remains possible this update will address a recently discovered bug related to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
If there are any major new additions to the software, we’ll update this post accordingly.