This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer account. But don’t forget, it’s a beta.
If you are interested in seeing what the fuss is about, keep in mind that it is likely to be a buggy experience. Both updates are not due out until this fall, so it is highly recommended that you do not install the beta on your primary phone or pad. While installing the software will not void your warranty, you still would not want to be without your primary device if things go south.
TechCrunch believes the public beta is the same as the second developer build. It has been using this particular build and reports it is “quite buggy,” and some apps do not work at all.
We already know from this year’s WWDC that iOS 13 will have a new dark mode. The Photos app has been revamped with a gallery view and smart curation. It also will have enhanced security, and Apple Maps will now have a “Look Around” feature similar to Google’s Street View. Other apps that have been reworked include Messages, Reminders, Mail, Health, Files, and Safari.
iOS 13 includes numerous updates and improvements. There’s the long-awaited addition of Dark Mode, as well as a new Reminders app, a redesigned volume HUD, performance improvements, Memoji enhancements, a new Photos app, and much more.
iPadOS 13, on the other hand, includes a revamped Files app, updates to the Home screen, major improvements to Safari, folder sharing for iCloud Drive, and much more. Read more in our full iPadOS 13.
Issues in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 public betas can be reported via the included Feedback Assistant application on your device. Apple’s beta website is still offline for many users. Once it’s back online, you can sign up for the public beta there if you haven’t done so already.