iOS 13.3 takes another step toward release

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iPadOS 13.3 Developer beta
A second beta of iPadOS 13.3 and the iPhone equivalent just came out.
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The beta process for iOS 13.3 and its iPad equivalent is moving along. Apple just seeded the second beta of each to developers. The final version, when it’s released to the general public, will help parents limit who their kids talk to with a big improvement to Screen Time.

In addition, there are new betas of watchOS 6.1.1 and tvOS 13.3.

More than just bug fixes

Last week, Apple introduced iPadOS/iOS 13.2.2 to fix a serious memory problem. But it brought no other new features.

That’s not true of version 13.3. This includes Screen Time Communication Limits that help parents control who their children talk and text with after hours. And it lets users hide Animoji stickers from the emoji keyboard.

Other changes might also be added before the release.

Get iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 Developer beta 2 today

As is Apple’s common practice, developers get first access to the latest iOS and iPadOS betas. A public beta version is expected soon — probably tomorrow. But until then, getting access to this pre-release edition is only for those in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year.

It’s not known when the beta process for iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 will be complete, and the update introduced to the general public. Much depends on how long it takes Apple to debug it.

The second watchOS 6.1.1 beta will always be open only to developers. Apple doesn’t do public beta testing for this wearable.