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Apple Releases Second Public Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS

Apple today released the second public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to its public beta testing group, two weeks after seeding the first public betas and a week after the third developer beta. The public beta gives non-developers a chance to test out ‌iOS 13‌ ahead of its upcoming fall launch date.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the ‌iOS 13‌ beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.


Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. Before installing a beta, make sure to create a full encrypted iTunes backup or an iCloud backup. It's best to install ‌iOS 13‌ on a secondary device because beta software is not always stable and can include bugs.

‌iOS 13‌ is a major update to the iOS operating system that runs on the iPhone and the iPad, but this year, ‌iOS 13‌ and ‌iPadOS‌, the version of ‌iOS 13‌ that runs on the ‌iPad‌, are separate downloads as they've been split up.


‌iPadOS‌ is identical to ‌iOS 13‌ in almost every way, though there are some iPad-specific features such as new multitasking capabilities. For the most part, the two operating systems share the same features.

‌iOS 13‌ introduces a long list of new features. Dark Mode changes the entire look of the operating system, shifting it from light to dark, while an overhauled Photos app makes it easier to relive your memories with new Days, Months, and Years viewing options.


There's a new photo editing interface that makes it easier to edit photos than ever before, plus there are new tools to work with and options to edit the intensity of the built-in filters. You can edit video right in the ‌Photos‌ app for the first time, and on the newest iPhones, there's a new High-Key Mono lighting effect and an option to adjust the intensity of Portrait Lightning effects.

There's a less obtrusive volume HUD, a new Find My app that combines ‌Find My‌ iPhone and ‌Find My‌ Friends and lets you track your devices even with they don't have an LTE or WiFi connection. A Sign In with Apple feature (not yet active) gives you a convenient and data safe way to sign into apps and websites, providing an alternative to Facebook and Google sign in options.


Maps has a new street-level "Look Around" mode and a Collections feature for making lists of places, Reminders has been entirely overhauled to make it more functional, there's a profile feature in Messages along with new Memoji and Animoji stickers, and Siri has a new voice.

There are a ton of additional new features and changes coming in ‌iOS 13‌, and for a full rundown of what you can expect, make sure to check out our iOS 13 roundup.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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19 weeks ago
If you haven't joined the public beta yet: don't

it's still pretty rough. alot of apps don't work correctly (or at all)
Rating: 13 Votes
19 weeks ago

If you haven't joined the public beta yet: don't

it's still pretty rough. alot of apps don't work correctly (or at all)



I disagree. Sure, it's in Beta but the product is still useable. I haven't really had any issues with apps not working. If anything small glitches here and there but that's about it.
Rating: 11 Votes
19 weeks ago

If you haven't joined the public beta yet: don't

it's still pretty rough. alot of apps don't work correctly (or at all)


Cannot confirm. It's beta, but it's definitely usable.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago

And AirPrint wasn’t working well in most apps.

AirPrint works just fine for me.

While the beta's roughness is well noted, and it is rougher than iOS 12 beta (which was easily the most stable iOS beta by far), I think it's overstated. It's far more usable than many past iOS betas.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago

If you haven't joined the public beta yet: don't

it's still pretty rough. alot of apps don't work correctly (or at all)


This is the feedback we need. We should have a poll asking how the beta is functioning for you. ( I know it is not meant to be a stable release for everyone ) but people DO put these on their main devices.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago

If you haven't joined the public beta yet: don't

it's still pretty rough. alot of apps don't work correctly (or at all)


Thanks! Came here to see what people thought, very helpful
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago

If you haven't joined the public beta yet: don't

it's still pretty rough. alot of apps don't work correctly (or at all)

clearly no idea about Beta software.
Rating: 6 Votes
19 weeks ago
I'm on this beta, and would highly recommend people avoid. it's actually more glitchy then the previous build. And before the usual 'it's a beta.. blah blah' as a software developer, this feels more like an Alpha.

For me, on a iPhone XS max, i would recommend avoiding for a few versions at least, cause there are crashes and freezes through multimedia apps, some of which are hard to fix and we're in beta 1.

If you enjoy using your phone? Avoid it. I know your thought is 'nah i'll be fine'. No, it really is that bad. This is coming from someone who used the beta for iOS 7 and wow that was a mess, this is worse. And considering the lack of feature change other then dark mode, it's remarkable how connected their code must be.

Additionally, yes i have been adding beta feedback, but the feedback app is remarkably slow and painful to use. Makes adding multiple bugs a tedious process.
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago

I’m a first time public beta user so please forgive the question. Do I need to delete the PB 1 profile before installing the PB 2 one? Thanks

Nope... you're fine. The profile will work with all public betas of iOS13 going forward.
Rating: 4 Votes
19 weeks ago

Builds available for iPhone 7 now alongside all other devices, build 17A5522g (previous 17A5522f).

Brilliant. Bar there being any major glitches on this version, I’m going ios 13 this weekend. Although, I am very superstitious. And the ‘13’ side of things does put me off :D
Rating: 4 Votes

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