How to download the public beta & # 39; s iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina and tvOS 13

iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina and tvOS 13 are available in the public beta and you can now download and install them. The installation process is a bit different, but we will go through what is new and how you can get the new software on your device.

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Unless you are enrolled in Apple's developer program, this is your first chance to try out the new beta software. These beta & # 39; s are updated regularly, culminating in the final release we expect at the end of the summer. It will probably be timed around the new hardware announcements made at Apple's annual September event.

First, the usual word of warning about beta software: these releases may seem stable, but they may contain bugs that won't be flattened until the latest releases appear later in 2019. So unless you don't mind throwing the dice with app compatibility and other issues that can affect battery life and other critical functions, maybe it's best to wait, no matter how difficult that is. .

We have included a number of issues that we encounter during our time at each of the public beta's. Your experience may differ, but if you decide to install, first back up your data.


What to know about macOS Catalina before installing the beta

Of the various new features that came to macOS Catalina, Catalyst has received the most excitement. Codenamed "Marzipan", Catalyst iPad developers have their apps ported to macOS. Twitter was one of the first companies to announce that it uses the feature to bring its app back to the Mac.

If you own an iPad with the iPadOS software (see below), with Catalina's new sidecar feature (shown above in the main image) you can wirelessly connect the iPad to your Mac as a second display complete with touch support. Apps that are confirmed to work in Sidecar mode currently include Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Illustrator, and iWork, but you can use the iPad as an extension of your desktop if you want.

Another important feature is Voice Control, an accessibility feature that allows people to navigate Catalina speech with dictations, eliminating the need for physical switches and triggers that mimic mouse and keyboard actions.

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Apple also leaves iTunes (RIP) in favor of three different apps: Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Apple Music retains much of what you might remember from iTunes, including access to all your purchased content. The Podcasts app provides support for local indexing, which allows you to search for specific topics discussed in a podcast, as well as guests, hosts, and more. The Apple TV app supports 4K HDR playback with HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Problems we have encountered so far

Repeatedly connecting an iPad via Sidecar can cause problems that require a restart.

How to install the macOS Catalina beta

  • Go to Apple's beta software portal
  • Click & # 39; Register your devices & # 39; in the top right corner of the webpage
  • Click on & # 39; macOS & # 39 ;, the leftmost option on the next page. This will reveal a reminder to make sure you have a Time Machine backup before continuing.
  • Scroll down until you find a button with the text "Download the public Public Access utility for MacOS". If you have not yet registered your Mac in the beta program, click it to download a .DMG file that you can use to register your computer. Otherwise you can skip this step.
  • Finally, go to "Software Update" of the System Preferences app to install the beta. It may not be available to you immediately. You will receive a notification as soon as it is.

What to know about iOS 13 before installing the beta

iOS 13 aims to improve the performance of all iPhones, especially for older versions that were delayed by earlier software updates. A few of Apple's claims include a 30 percent speed increase for unlocked Face ID unlockings and apps that are launched twice as fast as in iOS 12.

One of the most anticipated changes in iOS 13 is the new, system-wide, dark mode, which will help preserve battery life in the iPhone X and iPhone XS phones with an OLED screen. Battery efficiency aside, it just looks cool. Apple says its own first-party apps will support it, as will the app dock and notifications.

As with iPadOS, iOS 13 will support external storage, including SD cards and USB flash drives. This makes importing and exporting photos & other data much easier than before. It is available for iPhones that date from the iPhone 6S.

There are also many small but thoughtful changes, including the new ability of the native Photos app to run recorded videos without installing additional apps. The HomePod smart speaker from Apple will be able to recognize who he is talking to, thanks to iOS 13, and Siri gets a new voice.

Problems we have encountered so far

We have seen some expected issues, including poorer than normal battery usage, frequent app crashes, and some formatting issues that cause text to spill out of the interface.

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A few other findings from our time with the public beta-dark mode iOS 13 have not yet found their way to all of Apple's first apps, you may have trouble using a mobile payment app that relies on barcode scanning or your favorite third-party keyboard may not work.

How to install the iOS 13 beta

  • Go to Apple's beta software portal from your iPhone's browser
  • Click & # 39; Register your devices & # 39; at the top of the webpage (you may have to scroll horizontally to find it)
  • Click on & # 39; iOS & # 39 ;, the middle option on the next page. If you do this, a reminder will be displayed to check if you have sent a backup of your phone's content to your macOS computer, in case you need to go back to a previous state.
  • Scroll down until you find a button with the text & # 39; Download profile & # 39; and tap it. This displays a warning that the website is trying to download a configuration profile. Select & # 39; Allow & # 39 ;. You get a pop-up window that says that you can set the new profile via the Settings app.
  • Open the Settings app. A new section with the name "Profile downloaded" must be added at the top. Select it and you have access to the beta software download.

What to know about iPadOS before you install it

Unlike earlier iOS updates, iPadOS is custom software specially made for the iPad. It is aimed at making these tablets a more valid laptop replacement than ever before. Whether or not that is the case, there are various changes from iOS 12 that can affect your working process.

The new home screen of the iPadOS has been overhauled to make better use of the larger screen dimensions of the iPad and to offer more ease of use than before. It combines the standard layout of app icons with the Message Center, so you can see more information at a glance.

Apple has added a number of new features to iPadOS, and according to Dieter Bohn in a recent one processor episode (see above), it has addressed a few annoyances from iOS 12. One of the biggest improvements is that iPadOS includes a file manager, and therefore long-needed support for USB drives and SD cards. This allows you to import photos and perform other file transfers just like with a laptop.

iPadOS also brings a desktop-class Safari browser that allows you to view desktop versions of websites that had previously led your iPad to the mobile versions. Google Docs, a web app that many people rely on for their work, works surprisingly well, although that may not be true for all desktop sites.

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Finally, as mentioned earlier, with an update to iPadOS you can use your iPad as a wireless secondary display for your macOS computer if you need more screen space. Adobe has promised drawing tablet support in Illustrator and other apps that support this include Affinity Photo, Cinema 4D, Maya, ZBrush and more.

Problems we have encountered so far

We have regularly seen locks and problems with multitasking on multiple iPad units. Gestures are not always registered and the new Photos app sometimes freezes, so manual restart is sometimes not possible. You will just have to wait.

How to download the iPadOS beta

  • Go to Apple's beta software portal from the browser of your iPad
  • Click & # 39; Register your devices & # 39; at the top of the webpage (you may have to scroll horizontally to find it)
  • Click on & # 39; iPadOS & # 39 ;, the rightmost option on the next page. If you do this, a reminder will be displayed to first make a backup on your macOS computer, in case you need to restore your operating system to an earlier state.
  • Scroll down until you find a button with the text & # 39; Download profile & # 39; and then select it. This displays a warning that the website is trying to download a configuration profile. Select & # 39; Allow & # 39 ;. You get a pop-up window that says that you can set the new profile via the Settings app.
  • Open the Settings app and a new section with the name & # 39; Profile downloaded & # 39; must be added at the top. Select it and you should have access to the beta software download.

Image by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

What to know about tvOS 13 before installing the beta

The latest operating system running on the Apple TV 4K and Apple TV's HDTV set-top boxes is now in the public beta and although the changes are not as dramatic as those in iOS 13 or iPadOS, there are still some things you must be enthusiastic about it.

New features and enhancements for tvOS 13 include a redesigned home screen that places greater emphasis on full-screen content previews, multi-user support, and personalized recommendations for each user logged into Apple TV.

Support for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controller also comes with the tvOS 13 update. This makes gaming on the Apple TV more comfortable if you prefer not to use the feeling of another controller. It is also cheaper for those who already have one of these consoles. Even if you are not the owner, they are more affordable than most Apple TV-compatible Bluetooth controllers that are currently available.

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Another new feature is image-in-image support (at least according to 9to5Mac & # 39; s dive through the developer version of the beta). Apple did not announce this feature on WWDC 2019, but if it debuts in the public beta, people can watch TV shows or movies in a small pop-up window while navigating the Apple TV.

How to download the tvOS 13 beta

  • First, register for Apple's beta software program through his portal
  • On your Apple TV, go to & # 39; Settings & # 39; and then select & # 39; Accounts & # 39;
  • Apple's beta portal will tell you to sign up for your Apple TV with the same Apple ID that you used to sign up for the beta program
  • Once that is done, go back to & # 39; Settings & # 39 ;, select & # 39; System & # 39; and then enter the & # 39; Software Updates & # 39; in. The last option on this page is & # 39; Get Beta Updates & # 39 ;. Select & # 39; On & # 39 ;. You will then receive an update to install.

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