Apple launches public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, and macOS Catalina

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  • Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

Apple has made beta versions of its upcoming operating systems available to the public. — AFP Relaxnews

Apple has released the first public betas of the iPad's, iPhone's, and Mac's respective upcoming operating systems; as of June 24, anyone can download these OSs without having a developer account.

On June 24 CNET was the first to report that Apple has made beta versions of its forthcoming iPad, iPhone, and Mac operating systems available for the public to test. Some of the biggest changes coming to the various software includes a "Sign in with Apple" privacy tool, comprehensive dark modes, and the ability to run iPad apps on Mac devices.

iOS 13

The 13 edition of the iPhone operating system introduces a major new privacy feature to the platform: the ability to "Sign in with Apple" – similarly to how one might do through Facebook or Gmail.

Dark mode is a new display option with the upcoming OS, optionally swapping out the white interface theme for a dark one.

The Maps application will be significantly more accurate and detailed providing users with an experience similar to Google Maps.


A highly-anticipated update coming in the first iPad-specific operating system is mouse compatibility. Though the feature has been designed to be an accessibility tool, it makes the iPad a more compelling laptop replacement.

The Home screen organisation has been upgraded, as well; instead of just displaying application icons, the main screen has widget support so users can easily reference the weather or their schedules.

MacOS Catalina

With Catalina, iTunes will be divided up into Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. Essentially, this division is simply a cleaner way to organise all entertainment media.

Users will be able to use their iPads as a second screen – thanks to the Sidecar feature – that can function either as another monitor or as a high-precision drawing tool.

Project Catalyst will help developers create or modify their applications so that they can run both on Apple tablet and laptop devices. Users will soon be able to use their favourite iOS apps on their MacBooks.

Because these operating systems are still in development, each should be installed with caution considering that the existence of bugs and other issues is guaranteed. The final versions of iOS 13, iPadOS, and MacOS Catalina are expected to roll out this fall. – AFP Relaxnews
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