First betas for iOS 13, macOS Catalina and more now available

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Apple Beta Software Program 2019
There are new operating system versions for all these Apple devices and more.
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WWDC 2019 bugApple isn’t making developers wait to get their hands on beta versions of iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13. Each and every one of these operating system upgrades announced during today’s WWDC keynote are now available to download.

The general public, on the other hand, will have to wait to test out these pre-release versions.

It’s not known when non-developers will get access, but in the past Apple has made everyone else sit on their hands until at least the second betas. It might be weeks before there’s a general debut of the betas.

Still, Apple will eventually allow anyone who is interested access to early versions of almost all its operating systems — watchOS is an exception, as it’s never been a part of Apple Beta Software Program.

If Apple follows its previous practices, the non-beta versions will be out this fall.

What’s new?

Many people are likely to be eager to try out iPadOS 13, a version of iOS 13 modified for tablets. This allows iPad applications to open multiple windows, plus there’s a home screen redesign, improvements to the Files app and more.

iOS 13 brings Dark Mode, significant improvements to the Maps app, a revamped Photos app and more.  macOS Catalina offers Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV to replace iTunes.

Get iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13 now

Registered developers can grab these betas via Apple’s online developer portal. Access requires paying a $100 annual fee, and the mobile operating systems will need to be installed through iTunes.