Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 13.7 to Developers With New Exposure Notification Opt-In [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 13.7 update to developers to introduce new COVID-19 Exposure Notification options. The iOS 13.7 beta comes more than a month after the release of iOS 13.6, which introduced Car Keys and Apple News+ audio features.

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The iOS 13.7 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed

According to Apple's release notes, the iOS 13.7 beta allows users to opt-in to the ‌Exposure Notification‌ system without the need to download an app that supports the functionality, which is how the feature works on in iOS 14. In iOS 14, there's a toggle to "Turn on Exposure Notifications" which then lets you know if the feature is available in your country, state, or region through a contact tracing app.

Using Exposure Notifications continues to require an app, and Apple says that System availability still depends on support from the local public health authority, but iOS 13.7 makes it easier to figure out whether an app is available to you. It also adds a dedicated ‌Exposure Notification‌ section to the Settings app, rather than burying the feature in the Privacy section of Settings.

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There's also a new iPadOS 13.7 beta that has been released alongside iOS 13.7, and as iPadOS does not support ‌Exposure Notification‌, that update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.

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Top Rated Comments

Jdizzle188 Avatar
50 months ago
Hang on..... I smell an iOS 14 delay
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghostface147 Avatar
50 months ago
Well that was unexpected, at least to me.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bodonnell202 Avatar
50 months ago
This is surprising. I kind of thought 13.6.1 (with perhaps another minor update to 13.6.2) would be the end of the line for iOS 13, especially with iOS 14 coming to all devices that support iOS 13. Maybe a sign that iOS 14 won’t be released until late September or October?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
50 months ago

Is there even any mass use of this? Not to mention who would actually use it? By the time all this becomes even remotely useful the pandemic will most likely be behind us.
The U.S. has at least a couple more years before this thing is resolved.

Other countries beat this thing and have hosted pool parties for the past couple weeks.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Homme Avatar
50 months ago
Ah iOS 13

first ever to receive a .5, .6 and now .7 update?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radeon85 Avatar
50 months ago
Didn't expect to see another iOS 13 update this close to 14.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)