Apple releases concepts for how exposure notification could look on iOS

Exposure Notification Positive Flow Hero
Exposure Notification Positive Flow Hero (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released screenshot concepts of exposure notification.
  • The examples highlight how the user experience could look.
  • The company has also provided sample code for developers.

Apple recently added "COVID-19 Exposure Notifications" to the iOS 13.5 beta as it and Google prepare for app developers to integrate their contact tracing technology into apps from health authorities.

Reported by 9to5Mac, the company has released screenshot concepts as to what the user experience could look like.

The first screenshot highlights the onboarding process. Users can be prompted to turn on exposure notifications within the app, but iOS requires you to approve the decision with a popup.

Exposure Notification Onboarding

Exposure Notification Onboarding (Image credit: Apple)

The second screenshot shows off how users can report a positive diagnosis for COVID-19. The app could prompt users to enter a unique number provided with the positive test results. Users would also have to enter the date the test was taken. Once verified, they could then allow the app to share their random IDs, the data that is exchanged when two people are in proximity of each other, with the app.

Exposure Notification Positive Flow

Exposure Notification Positive Flow (Image credit: Apple)

The third screenshot shows off the potential notification process. Users who have been near another person who submitted a positive diagnosis can be notified through push notification that they have been in contact with someone who tested positive. Exposure notifications can also be stored and referenced in the app itself.

Exposure Notification Notification Flow

Exposure Notification Notification Flow (Image credit: Apple)

The last screenshot shows off the settings that the user could have control over, including recording exposure notifications in the Health app and deleting the exposure log.

Exposure Notification Settings

Exposure Notification Settings (Image credit: Apple)

The company also released sample code for developers that provide some best practices when building exposure notifications for their apps.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.