A little gift from Apple before the long weekend (here in the US, at least), as their latest Developer Betas for all of their OSs just arrived. These include iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6, tvOS 13 and macOS Catalina. That should give all of us Apple fans (and, you know, actual developers) something to do while we’re munching on BBQ and watermelon and taking in or shooting off some fireworks this 4th of July weekend.
Usually the third beta marks a turning point where the OSs become more stable and a lot of the major bugs and issues are smoothed out. Version 3 betas also usually includes most of the features that are going to make the shipping OS. A few things may get added and turned on closer to the end, but most of the feature sets should be complete at this point.
This is usually the point when I would go ahead and upgrade my iPhone and Apple Watch, as well. Since last year’s iOS 12 was a much more minor, stability-focused upgrade, I went ahead and upgraded early. Not so with iOS 13, as it was pretty rough around the edges at first. I decided to hold out for Beta 3 this year and see if things are looking up. I can live with a little unruliness from my iPads, but not my phone or Watch. I depend on them far too much for staying on top of things during the workday for that.
Despite my reservations regarding my iPhone, my iPads Pro and Air were definitely more stable with Beta 2 and had better battery life. After an evening of letting reports trickle in from the early birds, I will probably go ahead and take the plunge late tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully all will go well, and I will definitely post about the experience here, either way.
As for the iPadOS 13 beta, I don’t see much in the way of obvious changes yet, but I will let you know what I find in the way of bugs or useful new goodies later.