Finally we are in the swing again. In the first 26 days after the release of iOS 13.2, which introduced 22 new features and changes in the iOS 13 era, there was no new beta. Then Apple released Beta 1 for iOS 13.3, and now we seem to be back on track as Apple has just released 13.3 Beta 2 for developers.
Apple has released this second 13.3 beta update at 13.00. EST (10:00 am PST) on Tuesday, 12th November. Note that this version is not for everyone, but only for registered developers (more on that below). If you're not a developer, you'll have to wait for the public Beta 2 to finish for 13.3. We assume that Apple will release this beta today at 16:00. EST (1
As Apple has just released this update, we do not know exactly what new features and changes are available. Our guess? Not much. The biggest novelty of Beta 1 was a patch for the poor RAM management of iOS 13.2, which would cause havoc when switching between apps.
Nevertheless, the first beta brought a little fun to the table. We've seen a new Screen Time feature called "Communication Limits" that makes it easy to block notifications from contacts for a certain amount of time. There was also a new switch for disabling Memoji labels in messages, and "Show Album" is now "Show Album" in Apple Music, with a new icon replacing the original arrow. Finally, the Watch logo now has a gray instead of a black crown, and AirPods Pro has an updated icon in Find My (previously they looked like original AirPods).
Apple's release notes typically add an additional context for changes in the software. However, with Dev Beta 2, the company does not reveal much information. This time Apple is commenting on the new networking and Safari features, both of which are for developers. If you are just looking for a public version of 13.3 Beta 2, you will not find it in the following Release Notes:
Release Notes for iOS and iPadOS 13.3 Beta 2
Update your apps to use new apps features and test your apps against API changes.
The SDK for iOS and iPadOS 13.3 supports the development of apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS and iPadOS 13.3. The SDK ships with Xcode 11.2, available from the Mac App Store. For Xcode 11.2 compatibility requirements, see the Xcode 11.2 Release Notes.
Network – New Features
- Certain top-level domains (TLDs) such as .dev and .app are now in the Foundation URLSession and preload list of NSURLConnection HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). An app that uses URLSession to call a matching URL always navigates to the URL as https: // and never as plain-text http: //. For more information about HSTS, see the HSTS specification (HTTP Strict Transport Security). (56247242)
Safari – New Features
- Now supports NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compatible security keys in Safari, SFSafariViewController, and ASWebAuthenticationSession using the WebAuthn standard on devices with the required hardware capabilities.
Update your iPhone on iOS 13.3 dev beta 2, you have to be a registered developer. You can use the recovery image for your iPhone, available on the Developer Portal (install with iTunes or Finder), or install the configuration profile and then update wirelessly. If you already have the profile installed on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to start installing the latest beta build, or wait for it to automatically install when "Automatic Updates" is installed. is activated.
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