Apple Betas Take to the Air Again

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I was a little worried that Apple was going to make things harder on us this year, with Developer Betas that all required loading restore files to upgrade. They went that route with the first betas for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which made testing difficult for me being a Windows user. I was able to get around my lack of a Mac while I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I had little interest in doing it again.

Thankfully, it looks like the restore files were a one-off for the first run of betas. The second developer betas were released earlier today and Apple also released new profiles for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 so that future updates can be downloaded over the air.

Maybe Apple was just trying to keep as many “tourists” off the first Dev Beta as possible. It’s also possible they didn’t want every dev at WWDC updating their devices OTA all at once. Whatever the reason, I’m glad those of us who have paid Apple dev accounts can once again download and install beta updates without iTunes, or in my case, a Windows Command Prompt.

My iPad Pro is installing the beta as I write this and I am hoping for a bit more stability this time around. I’ve seen worse betas, but I’ve also used better. I’m REALLY hoping I get Face ID back, as that was definitely the worst casualty of running iPadOS 13 beta 1.

Assuming that all goes well, I will be adding the iPad Air and testing iOS 13 out on a slightly smaller iPad screen this week. I may still wait a week or two for the next beta before adding my iPhone and Watch. However, I’m just too much of a tinkerer to wait any longer than that.


James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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