iOS 13.3 inches closer to launch with new beta

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iOS 13.3 brings new features to Screentime.
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Apple developers received a fresh batch of new betas for the first time in over two weeks today with new builds of iOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3 and watchOS 6.1.1.

The new iOS 13.3 beta adds a bunch of new bug fixes and performance improvements to go with a couple new feature additions in Screentime for parents.

Registered developers can download iOS 13.3 beta 4 directly from Apple’s online developer portal or install it via an over-the-air update. Public beta testers should be able to try it out sometime later this week.

What’s inside iOS 13.3?

Previous beta builds of iOS 13.3 added a new Screen Time Communication Limits feature to help parents limit who children talk and text with during certain hours of the day. There’s also an option to hide Animoji stickers from the keyboard if you hate wasting an extra flick to scroll past them.

Release notes for iOS 13.3 beta 4 don’t mention any major new additions. The only new significant additions appears to be support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari.

The updates for tvOS and watchOS are pretty minor. The previous build of iOS 13.3 seemed pretty stable so hopefully all three software updates will be ready to go out to Apple devices before the end of the year.