We’re all excited about the upcoming release of iOS 14, but Apple is not quite done with iOS 13 yet. The company only releases iOS 13.7, which provides an important new feature: Exposure Alerts Express.
To update iPhone, open Settings app and press General then Software update.
The API for exposure alerts developed by Apple and Google was first released this spring in iOS 13.5. It allowed applications developed and maintained by official state health agencies to develop apps that can alert users if they have been near anyone who tested positive for COVID-1
It was just phase one. To really make contact tracking work well, it’s important to make it as widely available as possible, which means it’s easy to use without users downloading separate apps or making government agencies responsible for building and maintaining them.
With iOS 13.7 we get phase two: Exposure Notification Express. If you live in an area that has agreed to use it, your local public health agency may partner with Apple to provide direct tracking features without building its own app. Of course, users will still have to choose to use the feature.
In developing the system, Apple consulted the CDC, the Association of Public Health Laboratories, the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, the National Association of County and City Health Officials. and the Task Force for Global Health.
The new system is fully compatible with existing systems that have already been rolled out. Here in the United States, the first places to support the new Exposure Notifications Express feature should be Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and Nevada.
Open to sign up Settings, then Exposure Alerts, and press Turn on exposure alerts. You select the country and region / state, and the iPhone will tell you if exposure alerts are available in your area or not.