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Apple Releases Third Public Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS

Apple today released the third public betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS to its public beta testing group, 10 days after seeding the second public betas and a day after the fourth 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.

The third public beta should correspond to the fourth developer beta, which brought a new Quick Action for rearranging apps, Share Sheet updates, new 3D Touch settings, and more, with changes available in our what's new in beta 4 article.

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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9 weeks ago

I'm so proud of Apple for creating these incredibly powerful new operating systems for iPhone and iPad.
I'm loving everything about iOS and iPadOS 13.


Thanks Phil
Rating: 27 Votes
9 weeks ago
I'm so proud of Apple for creating these incredibly powerful new operating systems for iPhone and iPad.
I'm loving everything about iOS and iPadOS 13.
Rating: 16 Votes
9 weeks ago

How stable is it at this point?

Still a lot of app incompatibility / crashing / etc?

Well it’s a beta, so....
Rating: 11 Votes
9 weeks ago

How stable is it at this point?

Still a lot of app incompatibility / crashing / etc?

Some third party apps will crash on launch. See iOS 13 Working, Broken and Meh apps (https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/-ios-13-working-broken-and-meh-apps.2183813/) for some of these apps.

As for the built-in apps, most apps have been surprisingly stable for me (e.g., Calendar, Home, Messages, Notes, Phone, Safari, Wallet). But few have been pretty erratic, most notably Mail and Maps.

And for the iOS itself, it rarely froze on me and it is actually noticeably faster and responsive than iOS 12.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 weeks ago
How stable is it at this point?

Still a lot of app incompatibility / crashing / etc?
Rating: 6 Votes
9 weeks ago

Is the credit card app live yet?


Apple Card will only be available when iOS 12.4 releases.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 weeks ago

This has been the buggiest release I can remember.

A lot of things that were working in past betas are not working now.

I would advice people to hold off on this beta. But thats just me. :)


Man, my experience is so different. People who think this is a buggy beta obviously never tested anything on iOS 11 or prior.

iOS 12 was exceptionally stable for an Apple Beta, but it also had very little additions.
Rating: 4 Votes
8 weeks ago

Not until they put macOS on the iPad. Whatever iPadOS is, it still lacks so many features from desktop OS.

iPad will never be productivity powerhouse. Not if you are serious of CAD design, 3D animation etc.

Saying iPad Pro can edit some 4K video is productivity power house is a joke. Apple should just get ride of that Mac Pro, because you know iPad Pro is a power house


That’s precisely what I like about iOS (or iPadOS at this point), that it isn’t encumbered by a traditional desktop paradigm.

Likewise, people really need to start getting into their heads that productivity isn’t limited to just CAD, or 3D animation, or excel spreadsheets. I look at it this way. These tasks are best performed on a high-end PC (or Mac), then that’s where they belong, and there’s really little need for the iPad to try and replicate this sort of functionality. What the iPad does very well is offer an alternative for tasks that have traditionally been a pain to do on desktops.

For example, there is a lot less friction in simply drawing in Procreate with an Apple Pencil, than buying an expensive Wacom tablet and still having to hook it up to a computer. This really helps democratises drawing and makes it more accessible and less intimidating to aspiring artists.

Likewise, not everyone editing 4K video is aspiring to be the next Steven Spielberg or Casey Neistat. In that regard, iMovie or LumaFusion gets the job done as well, especially if it’s portability and mobility you value more.

There is a lot of room for the iPad to grow even if it doesn’t come close to replicating the capabilities of a PC, and I am fine with that.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago
Beta 3 continues to improve stability for me. My main gripe is that text/cursor selection/placing is still incredibly unreliable and pernickety. I hope this is just because it’s still in beta, but I fear not. Personally I found the original, looking-glass system far easier to use.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 weeks ago

Id like to know this as well


I've had no MAJOR trouble in the past couple betas. There was a little jankiness with Carplay where it would crash (happened a total of 3 times with me) and a couple of messages crashes in the prior beta. Hopefully things move forward steadily.
Rating: 3 Votes

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