Apple today released a surprise iOS 13.7 beta for developers. The update has a couple of changes with the most importing being the ability for users to receive COVID-19 exposure notifications without the need to download an app first.

Previously, users needed to have an app installed that took advantage of the COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, but that’s no longer a requirement with iOS 13.7 installed.

iOS 13.7 lets you opt-in to the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system without the need to download an app. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority. For more information see covid19.apple.com/contacttracing. This release also includes other bug fixes for your iPhone.

While users no longer need to download an app to be notified if they have been exposed to COVID-19, they will need one if they want to report that they have been infected themselves.

Today’s iOS 13.7 update is an important one because it should enable a faster, more complete spread of devices that can now tell users when they need to get themselves tested for potential COVID-19 infection.

Developers with a compatible iPhone can now download iOS 13.7 beta 1 via the Apple developer portal.

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