Apple has launched a developer beta for iOS 13.5, which brings access to the Exposure Notification API built to provide coronavirus contact-tracing infrastructure.

Developers of contact-tracing applications around the world will now be able to start testing their tools on Apple and Google’s jointly built platform, via the Xcode 11.5 release that comes alongside today’s beta.

Google is also sending an SDK for select developers from today, via a Google Play update, enabling work to begin on the apps seen as a critical part of potentially relaxing lockdown measures.

The idea is to slow the spread of Covid-19 by alerting people who’ve been exposed to a person testing positive for the virus.

The platform is anonymous and requires the person testing positive to confirm the diagnosis. From…

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