Apple Seeds First Public Betas of iPadOS and iOS 13.1

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Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iPadOS and iOS 13.1 update to developers, one day after surprising developers with the new beta.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 13.1 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.

iOS 13.1 is not a mistake, but it was a surprise as Apple has never before released a point update for software that's not out yet. With the update, Apple is likely aiming to make iOS 13.1 ready for download shortly after iOS 13 becomes available.

Apple still plans to release iOS 13 ahead of iOS 13.1, and iOS 13.1 is a subsequent update that will follow the initial iOS 13 launch.

The iOS 13.1 update includes multiple features that were announced at WWDC but were ultimately removed from iOS 13 over the beta testing period. Shortcuts Automations, for example, is back in iOS 13.1.

Shortcuts Automations allows Shortcuts users to create personal and home automations from the Shortcuts app to have actions performed automatically when specific conditions occur.

Share ETA, a major maps feature, is also available in iOS 13.1. With Share ETA, you can share your estimated time of arrival to a location with a friend or family member.

Other new features include new icons on the volume indicator when headphones or speakers are connected (with icons for AirPods, Beats headphones, and HomePod), more detailed HomeKit icons in the Home app, and updates to Dynamic Wallpapers.

Mouse support, an accessibility option in iOS 13, has been improved in iOS 13.1 allowing a long press or 3D Touch to be mapped to the right click function of the mouse. Reading goals now include PDFs, Nike+ is now just Nike, and iOS 13.1 supports HEVC video encoding with alpha channels.

There are some other smaller changes in iOS 13.1, which are outlined in our first iOS 13.1 article.

Article Link: Apple Seeds First Public Betas of iPadOS and iOS 13.1
 

j-a-x

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Interesting. I wonder if Apple will release further iOS 13 betas or if the latest beta is the release candidate? If they do, will they be releasing both iOS 13 and 13.1 betas on the same profile? That seems a bit confusing.
 
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mcfly88

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I wish they would give some kind of explanation of what’s going on here. As someone planning on getting a new iPhone next month... do I stay on 13.0, so I can restore from my backup or will 13.1 be the launch version?
 

mattopotamus

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This whole 13.1 thing is so strange for the Dev betas, but now it is rolling to public betas too... Should we expect ios 13.0 to be completely skipped, or will the next beta correct this mistake?
everyone is guessing at this point. I really think 13.1 will be out shortly after 13. I am sure the phones will ship with 13, but within 1-2 weeks get updated to 13.1
 

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I wish they would give some kind of explanation of what’s going on here. As someone planning on getting a new iPhone next month... do I stay on 13.0, so I can restore from my backup or will 13.1 be the launch version?
I am sure the phones are already packed up and loaded with 13. If you want the easiest path day 1, stay on 13.
 

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iPhone will probably launch with iOS 13.0 to support the new devices and Haptic Touch. But perhaps some additional camera features might come in iOS 13.1. We saw this with iPhone 7 Plus. Portrait Mode was introduced but wasn't available until iOS 10.1.

Apple needs to lock down iOS 13.0 very soon in order to start MP of the new iPhones.
 

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I wish they would give some kind of explanation of what’s going on here. As someone planning on getting a new iPhone next month... do I stay on 13.0, so I can restore from my backup or will 13.1 be the launch version?
Just setup your new phone as a new device then add your dev/beta profile and download/install the current beta. Then do a backup/restore. We have this issue every year.

The beta program puts you ahead of the stock iOS that the device will ship with. You can wait but we will probably be on 13.1 Beta 2/3 by the time the new phones drop.
 

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FYI: 13 beta 8 has been very stable and 13.1 is a big step backwards. I highly suggest, especially those with it on their main device, to stay on beta 8.
Will there be an OTA update to the final iOS 13 version though for devices running the public beta that stayed in the iOS 13 path and didn’t have 13.1 installed?
 

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Just setup your new phone as a new device then add your dev/beta profile and download/install the current beta. Then do a backup/restore. We have this issue every year.

The beta program puts you ahead of the stock iOS that the device will ship with. You can wait but we will probably be on 13.1 Beta 2/3 by the time the new phones drop.
The only problem with leaping to 13.1 is that you may have to go the iTunes route to get off the beta. A lot of people like to test out the latest IOS and when the GM is released get back on the regular releases. I know that is what I do. It gives me the latest IOS version months in advance, but once it's out I prefer to get off the beta.

Jumping to 13.1 could very easily have caused you to "pass" the GM.
 

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Will there be an OTA update to the final iOS 13 version though for devices running the public beta that stayed in the iOS 13 path and didn’t have 13.1 installed?
Yeah when the rest of the world can download ios13 usually a week before new iPhone comes out.
 

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FYI: 13 beta 8 has been very stable and 13.1 is a big step backwards. I highly suggest, especially those with it on their main device, to stay on beta 8.
Why is 13.1 even out there. Is Apple going to skip 13 all together and new phones will have a 13.1 update waiting for them?


The only problem with leaping to 13.1 is that you may have to go the iTunes route to get off the beta. A lot of people like to test out the latest IOS and when the GM is released get back on the regular releases. I know that is what I do. It gives me the latest IOS version months in advance, but once it's out I prefer to get off the beta.

Jumping to 13.1 could very easily have caused you to "pass" the GM.
I’m confused why they even released a public 13.1 beta, especially if it’s in bad shape.
 
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FYI: 13 beta 8 has been very stable and 13.1 is a big step backwards. I highly suggest, especially those with it on their main device, to stay on beta 8.
I have to agree with my experience too. Thankfully my iPhone hadn't backed up to iCloud for the short time I was on 13.1 so I was able to restore with my 13.0 beta 8 backup. :)
 

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Well, this is getting confusing now. Which GM are they gonna release on 10 Sep? If this is for 13.1, we are good, if not, we’ll be stuck on the beta train until the public 13.1 comes out for all?