Apple Revamps Settings for Managing COVID-19 Exposure Logging in iOS 13.5 beta 4

Earlier today, Apple released iOS 13.5 beta 4 and more to the developers and as noted by the folks over at 9to5Mac, the update introduces some changes to the Settings app for managing COVID-19 exposure logging.

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In the previous beta release, the “COVID-19 Exposure Notifications” pane in the Settings app included a single toggle for enabling or disabling the functionality but now, users can no longer turn on Exposure Logging without an authorized app from a public health authority.

In the latest iOS 13.5 beta, Apple has also added the ability to delete exposure logs and manage installed applications.

According to Apple:

You cannot turn on Exposure Logging without an authorized app installed that can send Exposure Notifications. When enabled iPhone can exchange random IDs with other devices using Bluetooth.

The random IDs your device collects are stored in an exposure log for 14 days. This exposure log allows an app you authorize to notify you if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 you can choose to share your own device’s random IDs with the authorized app so it can notify others anonymously.

The feature is also expected to become available on the iPad when the final version of iOS 13.5 is released.