Escape Apple’s memory bug with iOS 13.3 public beta 1


iOS 13.3 in beta
iOS 13 has made it easier for users to shut down location tracking.
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Public beta testing just started for iOS 13.3, along with the iPad equivalent. This adds an important feature to Screen Time, but the main benefit of this pre-release version is it apparently fixes a serious memory-management problem introduced in iOS 13.2.

iOS 13.3 lets iOS multitask again

Devices running the current non-beta version of iOS and iPadOS have such poor memory management that they’ve nearly lost the ability to multitask. Applications that are moved to the background almost always close because there’s not room in RAM for them.

Cult of Mac tests seem to show that this bug is fixed in the initial iOS 13.3 Developer beta introduced yesterday. Reports from other sources corroborate that verdict. The fix should be in today’s public beta as well.

And this isn’t the only positive change coming in the new version. Screen Time Communication Limits let parents control who their children talk and text with after hours.

Get the latest iPadOS and iOS public betas today

Anyone who’s feeling adventurous can sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program and download the latest pre-release versions of the next iPhone or iPad operating system now. It’s free and not overly complicated.

It’s quite likely these contain new bugs as Apple works its way toward a regular release. That said, iOS 13.2 has a huge bug too.


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