Here’s hoping first iOS 13.3 beta fixes that huge memory bug


iPadOS 13.3 Developer beta
The first iPadOS 13.3 Developer beta is out, along with an iPhone version.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Apple has just begun beta testing the next updates for iPhone and iPad. It’s not known yet if iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 fix the serious memory management problem introduced in the previous version, introduced last week.

In addition, watchOS 6.1.1 also just entered beta testing.

A horrible memory management problem

iOS 13.2 and the iPad equivalent contains one of the worst bugs Apple has inflicted on its customers in years. Memory management is so bad that applications essentially can’t run in the background.

Run one application, switch to another, then switch back, and odds are the first one will need to reload. iOS and iPadOS have very nearly stopped being multi-tasing operating systems because of this problem.

Complaints have been loud and plentiful.

However, it’s not yet known what changes are being made in this initial iOS 13.3 beta and iPadOS 13.3 beta, as Apple’s release notes aren’t yet available. And the beta itself has been out for only a few minutes. Cult of Mac will be testing this version to see if this critical memory-management fail is taken care of.

First iOS 13.3 beta not yet for the general public

At this point, the first iOS 13.3 Developer beta just that: a beta only for developers. It’s possible a public version will be introduced soon, though. In the mean time, getting access to this pre-release edition requires joining the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year.

Beta testing for watchOS 6.1.1 will not be open to the public. Pre-release versions of the Apple Watch’s operating system are only for devs.


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