iOS 13 beta 8 brings Apple’s big update closer to launch

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iOS 13 on an iPhone X
Some of the best iOS 13 features are ones Apple never mentioned.
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Apple is picking up the pace on its iOS 13 development by seeding the eighth beta build of the upcoming software release to developers today.

iOS 13 beta 8 and iPadOS 13 beta 8 arrive less than one week after Apple released the last beta build to developers. It’s a clear sign that the last of the bugs are getting squashed in order to ready the big update for the public launch next month.

Registered developers can grab iOS 13 beta 8 directly from Apple’s online developer portal. It can also be installed as an over-the-air update if you have the preview update already installed on your iPhone or iPad. The public beta isn’t available yet but could be out as soon as tomorrow, if not within a few hours.

We usually caution against installing iOS 13 betas on your main devices, however, the last betas have been stable enough to use full time if you want to get an early taste of the new features.

What’s new in iOS 13?

Release notes for iOS 13 beta 8 still aren’t available yet so we’ll be digging into the new software today to find out what’s new. The last couple betas only had a few UI changes and other additions.

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 bring some major improvements to the iPhone and iPad. Safari, Photos, Reminders, Siri, Maps and so many more apps have gotten major new features. The iPad is a better PC-replacement than ever with iOS 13 thanks to better multitasking features, UI changes and new APIs for developers to take advantage of.

Apple plans to release iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, macOS Catalina and watchOS 6 to the public next month.