Apple has released iOS 12.5 for older devices that do not support iOS 14, bringing the COVID-19 exposure notifications to more people than ever before.

That means that the hugely popular iPhone 6 series now includes support for COVID-19 notifications.

The same update now also includes the usual array of security updates, making this a release that is well worth getting your hands on. It also comes alongside watchOS 6.3 that is available for older Apple Watches, again including “important security updates.”

The inclusion of COVID-19 notifications means users will be able to install an app from their local health authority and then receive a message if they are in contact with someone who tests positive for the virus. This is all made possible thanks to the Exposure Notification API, a joint venture between Apple and Google.

Apple is keen to point out that its notifications are private, too.

Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID‑19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.

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We’d definitely suggest installing these new software updates if you have a compatible device.

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