Apple has recently releasedfor the iPhone and iPod Touch. It also announced that the iPad finally gets its own operating system, with . Both software updates include a long list of new features, ranging from an official system-wide new improved Apple Maps and a completely new , Apple also announced WatchOS 6, MacOS 10.15 Catalina and TVOS 13 during the keynote address of the Worldwide Developers Conference.
Apple is once again offering a beta program that will allow you to test the upcoming software updates before they release in the fall.
The first release of the Beta for iOS 13 is only available for developers with a paid account The public beta is scheduled to begin in July.
Installing the beta is a simple process that takes very little time. However, you need to make sure that you have a backup and are aware that things are not always working.
But first a warning
Over the years, the first beta version for an upcoming iOS version has become more stable. However, the software has not been released yet, except for a reason as a beta version – it's not finished yet. Apps will break, the battery life will be terrible and frequent random reboots are not uncommon.
You do not have to take our word for it, Apple's own developer portal has the following warning:
Important Note for Thrill Seekers : If you are interested in living on the edge of the world and trying out the world we advise urgently to wait for the numerous bug fixes and enhancements that will be available to the public beta later this month.
If you want to test iOS 13, you should know that you are testing beta software, and you and Apple are doing a favor by providing feedback through the Feedback app.
They can not (easily) return.
In addition to the willingness to deal with errors and random problems, you must know that you can not simply return. It's possible, but you can not recover from a backup made with your device on iOS 13.
That's why it's a good idea to back up your device before switching to beta. Best Useand .
Which devices are supported?
According to Apple, the following devices may participate in the beta version of iOS 13 or iPadOS:
Devices that support iOS 13, iPadOS 13
|iPhone XS||iPad Pro with 12.9 inches|
|iPhone XS max||iPad Pro with 11 inches|
|iPhone XR||iPad Pro with 10.5 inches|
|iPhone X||iPad Pro with 9.7 inches|
|iPhone 8||iPad (6th generation)|
|iPhone 8 Plus||iPad (5th Generation)|
|iPhone 7||iPad Mini (5th generation)|
|iPhone 7 Plus||iPad Mini 4|
|iPhone 6S||iPad Air (3rd Generation)|
|iPhone 6S Plus||iPad Air 2|
|iPod Touch (7th generation)|
Ready? To install iOS 13
You currently require a paid Apple Developer account to access the profiles and files required to install iOS 13. A paid developer account costs $ 99 per year and also gives you access to publishing an app for sale on the App Store.
Paid developers can visit this page on the Apple Developer Site to download the beta software. There is no OTA file available for the first beta. You must therefore install it manually. Apple requires that you have either MacOS 10.15 Catalina Beta or Xcode 11 Beta installed before you can use iTunes to install iOS 13. Both are also available through the Apple Developer Portal for paid developers.
What about the public beta?
After launch, the public beta program will be available here. You need to register your device and install the update over the wireless network (OTA). We will update this post with more detailed instructions once the beta program is open.
Originally published on 3 June.
Update, June 10: More information added.
CNET may receive a commission from retailers.