Apple Seeds Third Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.6 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the third betas of upcoming iOS and iPadOS 13.6 updates to developers, three weeks after seeding the second betas and over a month after releasing iOS/iPadOS 13.5 with Exposure Notification API, Face ID updates, Group FaceTime changes, and more.

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iOS and iPadOS 13.6 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over the air once the proper developer profile has been installed. Note that Apple changed the version number of this beta with the second beta update. The first beta that was released was iOS 13.5.5.

The iOS 13.6 update adds a toggle for customizing software updates, providing users with more granular control over the downloading and installing of new software. iOS users can decide if their iPhone or iPad should automatically download iOS updates when connected to WiFi, and when those updates should be installed.

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There's a Download iOS Updates toggle for turning automatic downloads on or off over WiFi and an Install iOS Updates toggle for installing software updates overnight as an ‌‌iPhone‌‌ charges. The new feature will be a welcome change for those who do not want their iPhones to automatically download new software.

In the Health app, there's a new "Symptoms" section that allows users to add symptoms of various illnesses, choosing from options like body and muscle aches, appetite changes, coughing, dizziness, fainting, headache, nausea, and more.

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Health app users are able to add symptom data through the Health app by tapping on the "Add Data" option, providing a way to track and log various illness-related symptoms over time and to share that information with doctors.

iOS 13.6 also brings support for Car Key, a feature available in both iOS 13 and iOS 14. Car Key is designed to allow an ‌iPhone‌ or an Apple Watch to be used in lieu of a physical key to unlock an NFC-enabled vehicle.

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Car Key needs to be implemented by car manufacturers to function, and BMW is one of Apple's first partners. BMW's Digital Key for ‌iPhone‌ feature will let ‌iPhone‌ owners tap to unlock their vehicles, start the car by placing the ‌iPhone‌ in the smartphone tray, place limitations on young drivers, and share keys with up to five other users.

In the Apple News app, iOS 13.6 adds a feature that's designed to save your place in an article when you start reading something and then exit out of the article or the app.

Though the feature is not live yet, iOS and iPadOS 13.6 include signs of a new Apple News+ Audio feature, which will see Apple offering some news stories in an audio capacity.

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Apple has been working with publishers to garner permission to create audio versions of some stories. Apple also plans to offer a recap of the day's top stories for subscribers to listen to.

Code in iPadOS 13.6 also suggests Apple is working on keyboard shortcuts that will allow users who have a Magic Keyboard or other attached keyboard to adjust the brightness level of the keys, but it's not clear if this will be a feature included in the update.

Top Rated Comments

Beeplance Avatar
7 months ago
This is not the beta you're looking for.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
C DM Avatar
7 months ago


Sweet Public Beta. This is probably the most excited I have been to try a Beta in years. Time to do a full backup and keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't totally crash my phone.

Out of curiosity, what's the excitement about this particular iOS 13 update?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mobster1983 Avatar
7 months ago


Out of curiosity, what's the excitement about this particular iOS 13 update?

The excitement is that reading is hard....

Which I realized after going onto the public beta website and no iOS 14 Beta. *sigh....
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dwalls90 Avatar
7 months ago


We get the public beta tomorrow for 14 right? It's July! :p

My guess is that the public beta will be released the same week that developer beta 2 (but more likely beta 3) is released. Estimating developer beta 2 on July 6th or July 13th, and beta 3 on July 20th or July 27th. You can read more about potential release dates discussion here:

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ios-14-speculation-thread.2237585/
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
7 months ago
In my opinion, battery life is down a bit from prior releases. Let's see how this beta stacks up in terms of that. (Xs max)
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GregJohn Avatar
7 months ago
Oof was hoping for 14 beta 2 to see if it crashes the 11 pro max less
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