On Wednesday, Apple officially seeded the sixth developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13. This release is primarily meant for the developers out there testing the pre-release software ahead of a public launch later this year, preparing their own apps along the way. The latest beta seeds have been making little changes and adding features along the way, and it’s possible this latest developer beta will do the same.
For registered developers, installing the latest beta of iOS 13 requires visiting Apple’s Developer Center and downloading the necessary profile. After that is done, developers can download the update over the air after the profile has been installed and the iPhone and/or iPad has been restarted. The process to update to the latest iPadOS beta is the same.
The iOS 13 update is grand in scale, offering a variety of new features. For instance, iOS 13 includes new elements like a brand new Dark Mode, changes to CarPlay, a brand new, redesigned Photos app, Sign In with Apple for a more login process across the web and apps, plus much more.
Meanwhile, iPadOS is built for the iPad lineup specifically, offering more robust features for the bigger screens, including new multitasking capabilities. But, on a broad scale, the two mobile operating systems are relatively the same.
watchOS 6 is a huge update for the smartwatch. It features an all-new App Store for starters, making it possible to download apps for the Apple Watch directly on the accessory rather than having to rely on the iPhone. There are new watch faces included, and the ability to remove some stock apps as well.
To update to watchOS 6, developers need to make sure that the Apple Watch is connected to its charger, has at least 50% battery life, and is within range and connected to the iPhone.
Meanwhile, tvOS 13 will feature multiple profile support, among other new additions.
Updating to the latest tvOS 13 beta involves installing the profile via Xcode.
If there are any new discoveries made within the latest developer betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS, we will update this post accordingly.
What’s new in iOS dev beta 6
- The option to allow Siri to read incoming messages while connected to AirPods 2 (and some Beats headphones) has been removed in the latest beta. It will more than likely return soon.
- There is an option while 3D Touching on a link to hide link previews, making it a more usable option per website.
- There is a new Control Center toggle to activate and deactivate Dark Mode.
- iOS 13 will notify users when an app is using their location data in the background. The warning text has been altered slightly in the latest beta.
- There is a new splash screen when opening the Photos app.
- The App Store also gets a new splash screen.
- 16 volume increments make a return in this beta, down from the 34 increments in the previous beta.
- Other minor tweaks.