Apple today made iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 available to the public. This new update comes at an important time not only for Apple but the public as a whole as we continue to fight through a global pandemic.

As you’d expect, the release features important improvements, significant bug fixes, and an Apple/Google collaboration related to the Coronavirus. Let’s take a look at what’s new.

As with most releases of this nature, Apple and its engineers have focused on making significant improvements to the firmware in the form of bug fixes and stability enhancements.

Users have been experiencing issues with Personal Hotspot and VPN-related problems, so they will be hoping that those issues will be fixed for them once they get iOS 13.5 or iPadOS 13.5 onto their devices. iOS 13.5 or iPadOS 13.5 also contains an important fix for yet another Messages-based bug that immediately invokes a system-wide crash when a certain string of characters was received:

Music fans and those who consume Apple Music will now also be able to share songs directly to Instagram Stories. This is invoked by tapping the Share button that then creates an object containing the song title, album name, and an animated background that can be shared. Those who are viewing it won’t be able to tap directly through to that particular song on Apple Music but we can only imagine that it will be coming in the future.

Additionally, and perhaps most importantly and impressively, as mentioned earlier – this release also contains exposure to the work that Apple and Google have been undertaking from a contact-tracing perspective related to the Coronavirus.

As you can tell from above, iOS/iPadOS 13.5 is an update that is definitely worthy of installation. You can check out the full changelog for yourself to see exactly what Apple deems it necessary to expose but you should then be moving along and installing these updates to all of your compatible devices to ensure that you benefit from the important fixes contained within.

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