Apple released iOS 13.7 developer beta 1 today, Wednesday 26 August. The update comes two weeks after Apple released iOS 13.6.1, and just a day after Apple saw developers and public testers iOS 14 beta 6.
Apple released this update just at 10 a.m. PDT, the company’s standard release time for software updates. The biggest change is without a doubt exposure messages. While iOS 13.5 introduced the feature on iPhones, 13.7 allows users to set exposure messages without using an app. According to Apple:
iOS 13.7 lets you sign up for the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system without having to download an app. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority. For more information, visit covid19.apple.com/contacttracing. This release also includes other bug fixes for your iPhone.
While you no longer need to use an app to enable exposure notifications, your local officials still need to support the feature first and foremost. Unfortunately, if your site does not support exposure messages yet, you will have to wait.
To update your iPhone to iOS 13.7 dev beta 1, you must be a registered developer. You can use the recovery image for your iPhone located in the Developer Portal (install with iTunes or Finder) or install the configuration profile and then update over the air. If you already have the profile installed on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to start installing the latest beta builder, or you can wait until it installs automatically if “Automatic Updates” is enabled.
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