If you’ve been waiting for Apple to release its first Public Beta of iOS and iPadOS before jumping on board, then today is your day. Apple had originally said the Public Beta would come in July, but it has arrived a little ahead of schedule, it seems.
The Public Beta should be either close to or exactly the same as the last developer beta, which was released last Monday. That means it is a lot more stable than the initial Developer Beta that came out after the WWDC Keynote, which was quite buggy this year. However, if you have the impression that it’s already smooth sailing, then you might want to think twice before taking the plunge. iOS 13 still has its share of burgs and instability.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t upgrade, especially if you know what you are doing. Just be aware that it can be difficult and frustrating on a device that you use as a daily driver. You will notice a dip in performance, especially when it comes to battery life. If you have a iOS device that you don’t have to depend on, that is the ideal way to start with earlier betas like this one.
Also bear in mind that, while there are Public Betas of iOS 13, iPad OS 13, tvOS and macOS, there is not a public version of watchOS. In the past, Watch betas were a little touchy, as hardware would have to be sent off to roll back to a release version. This could potentially change later this year since Apple added the ability to update software directly from the device. In fact, Apple actually did release an invite-only public version of watchOS 6 today called an AppleSeed. Stay tuned to see if that turns into a wider-release Public Beta in the coming weeks.
If any of this is a turnoff, then my advice is to hold out for another week or two for the next Public Beta. The second is usually stable enough to run on your main iPhone without too much trouble. If you know the risks and are still ready to roll today, then just head to beta.apple.com to download the appropriate profile and get started.