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iOS 13, iPad OS, tvOS public betas now available

Happy beta Monday, friends.

Despite previous comments that a public beta for iOS 13, iPadOS, and tvOS 13 would not be available until July, Apple has opened them up to the public today, in addition to the macOS Catalina beta. Interested parties can sign up and download the software via the Apple Beta Software Program website. 1

iOS 13 brings a number of new features, including Dark Mode, improvements to Maps, better shortcuts, faster performance, and more. iPadOS includes improvements to Slide Over and Split View multitasking, homescreen compatibility for widgets, new gestures for dealing with text, and much much more. tvOS 13, meanwhile, adds multiuser support, the ability to use Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 controllers, and new screensavers.

As always, extreme caution is recommended before users install beta software on their machines—we especially advise against it on any machines that you rely upon to get your work done. Some features and software may not work as expected, and it’s always a risky endeavor.

If you do install a beta, be sure and make a backup beforehand, so you can restore to it if need be.


  1. As of this writing, the beta website is very very slow, due no doubt to the high demand. ↩