Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1 updates to developers, one week after the release of iOS 13.3 with Communication Limits for Screen Time.

iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13.3.1 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed.


There's no word yet on what's included in the iOS 13.3.1 update, but it likely includes bug fixes for issues unable to be addressed in the iOS 13.3 update. Specifically, it could address some issues with Communication Limits, fixing a workaround with the Contacts app that allowed children text someone who contacted them from an unknown number.

Once we download the update and take a look at what's new, we'll update this article.

Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS

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5 weeks ago


I cannot wait to get this on my devices!!



I'm sure it will be buttery smooth and you will love it.


So these are two somewhat "reckless" comments. A new beta comes out and somebody just can't wait and another is sure you will love it... I myself am ground down to a nub between iOS-13 and Catalina beta testing. Apple's software quality control just ain't what it used to be and I'm pretty much all done shouldering the personal burden of the beta-garbage often leashed upon us. It's naively eager people like you guys who enable this behavior from Apple... I expect to be slapped down from my high horse - and I suppose I asked for it. Whatever.
Rating: 14 Votes
5 weeks ago


Maybe we'll be so lucky to finally have Mail fixed in 13.3.1 (!!!)


Wouldn't it be nice if Apple published real release notes for their updates enumerating all user-facing bugs that were fixed?
Rating: 13 Votes
5 weeks ago
Maybe we'll be so lucky to finally have Mail fixed in 13.3.1 (!!!)
Rating: 9 Votes
5 weeks ago
iOS 13 is just a complete disaster. I had to resort to a 3rd party mail app (Outlook) because native Mail just doesn't work.
Rating: 8 Votes
5 weeks ago
It should be “what’s broken.” Instead of “what’s new.”
Rating: 7 Votes
5 weeks ago


I highly doubt Apple will fix this absolutely frustrating issue any time soon. In fact, I highly doubt they even know how to fix it considering how long it's been going on for. Mail. Reminders. Calendar. All these notifications are broken.

I'm going to say it is fixed... I'm now 20 emails in without so much as a stutter. Tried half on iPad Pro and the rest on iPhone 11 Pro
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I assume 13.4 is where we will see the iCloud Drive stuff?

Spring 2020
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Frozen mail fix when opening from a notification?

Yes
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Consider this an early Christmas gift... Mail is working fine for me ???
Rating: 7 Votes
5 weeks ago
Frozen mail fix when opening from a notification?
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago


But even then what’s the point, because iOS 15 will just break it. This is why I don’t get the yearly new OS cycles. iOS 12 was basically to fix iOS 11, but was replaced after a year with the re-broken iOS 13.

I’d be happy with iOS 12 having been the foundation for the next few OSs.


Indeed. I like the way Debian Linux does it. Ship when ready. Even Microsoft stopped with these grandstand Windows releases and has just two releases a year (and those are more like service packs), but even now they've dropped that to one this year because too many changes too quickly isn't good.

Operating systems are mature enough. We don't need huge changes every 12 months. Just have a single iOS/iPadOS/macOS platform that is continually updated. Have different release channels (like bleeding edge, beta, public release) to let developers and consumers who want new stuff sooner (albeit with some bugs) have it. The rest of the time, just slowly roll out new features here and there over time. No fixed schedules or timeline pressures. Ship a feature when it's ready. Don't make a list of 20 features and ship on Sept. 10 regardless.
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago
I am a Mac user since 2006 (white MacBook core 2 duo, the first 64 bit intel mac), running OS X Tiger (10.4). I have NEVER EVER seen an OS release as full of updates and bugs as this one. I used to joke on those having Windows for having too many updates or Android having none. Now I am the JOKE. People who recently switched from Android are telling me "another one??" "again??" every time (almost bi-weekly). Apple, GET YOUR ACT together. An OS released on september 24th (almost precisely 3 months ago) and which has undergone 9 (with this one 10) releases, on a set of devices Apple has full control of, is unacceptable. Beyond ridiculous.

iOS 12 has seen 15 releases in more than a year. We are at 10 in 3 months. By the time we reach a full year it will be 20??
Rating: 6 Votes
5 weeks ago


The benefits don't outweigh the trouble it causes,

The assumption from Apple is that you’re testing on backup devices, not on primary, causes-pain-if-something’s-broken, devices. Anyone that does not have access to non mission-critical devices really shouldn’t be beta testing... for their sanity!
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