First Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS Now Available for Registered Developers

Following the conclusion of today’s keynote event where Apple introduced new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple has made the first beta of iOS 13 ^( available to developers for testing purposes.

The iOS 13 beta testing period will allow Apple to work out bugs ahead of the software’s release and it will let developers build iOS 13 and iPadOS features into their apps ahead of the software’s public release. One of the major announcements today was the split between iOS 13 and iPadOS, with iPadOS being a new dedicated operating system that runs on the iPad ^(

Registered developers can download the initial iOS 13 and iPadOS betas from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air after installing the proper certificate.

Like all major updates introduced at WWDC, iOS 13 is a major overhaul to the iOS operating system. There’s a long-awaited Dark Mode feature available for the first time, fulfilling the wishes of many iPhone and iPad users.

iOS 13, like iOS 12 ^(, has a number of optimizations that make app download sizes smaller, reduce launch times, and make Face ID way faster on Face ID-enabled devices.

The Photos app features an updated layout with better curation of various photo moments throughout the years, with more intelligent organization and revamped, enhanced editing tools.

There’s a new swipe-based keyboard option, and Portrait Lighting adjustments can now be made right in the Camera app. You can also move light closer or further away to adjust the way your photos look. There’s a new Find My app for finding your iPhone or Mac even when there’s no WiFi or Cellular collection.

Multitasking updates have come to the iPad, and there have been major updates to a number of apps. There are new features in Mail for organizational purposes, a new Find My app for locating your lost devices or your friends, and a new look for Reminders.

Only registered developers are able to download the iOS 13 beta at this time. As Apple has done in the past, a public beta for public beta testers will be provided in July after the software has gone through a couple rounds of developer testing.

Beta testing for iOS 13 will last for several months as Apple fixes bugs and refines new features. The update will see a public launch in September 2019 alongside new iPhones.

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HBO Added to ‘Apple TV Channels’ in Latest iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 Betas

Apple recently unveiled its revamped TV app with a new “Channels” feature ^( that enables users to subscribe to TV networks on an à-la-carte basis and watch them all in the TV app without having to open another app.

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When the new TV app became available to test in the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 betas in late March, subscription options were limited to Showtime, Starz, Smithsonian, and Tastemade. As noted by The Streamable ^(, however, additional channels have been added as of the fourth betas of iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 this week.

The most notable addition is HBO for $14.99 per month, in time for the final three episodes of Game of Thrones, while other recently added channels include Cinemax, EPIX, Sundance Now, Lifetime Movie Club, and UMC.

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When the new TV app is publicly released on the iPhone, iPad ^(, and Apple TV ^( later this month, other networks that will be supported in Apple TV Channels include CBS All Access, Nickelodeon, Mubi, The History Channel Vault, Comedy Central Now, Acorn TV, Britbox, Noggin, MTV Hits, and Shudder.

We recently went hands-on with the revamped TV app ^(

The TV app will also be available on the Mac starting this fall alongside Apple’s TV+ original content streaming service ^(

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