Developers get their hands on first iOS 13.3.1, macOS 10.15.3 betas


iOS 13 on an iPhone X
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Apple today made its first iOS 13.3.1 and macOS 10.15.3 betas available to developers.

The minor updates don’t have patch notes yet. But they likely fix a serious flaw in Communication Limits, which can allow messages to be received from unauthorized contacts, among other bugs.

New betas are also available for HomePod, iPad, and Apple TV.

iOS 13 has been painfully buggy since its public release back in September. And it seems every time Apple eliminates one issue, a brand-new one rears its ugly head. Here’s to hoping iOS 13.3.1 is different.

iOS 13.3.1 beta 1 out now

The newest release comes exactly one week after iOS 13.3 rolled out to everyone. It’s a minor update, so we shouldn’t expect any significant changes, but it should quash bugs and improve stability.

The biggest flaw that needs fixing is one that prevents Communication Limits from properly doing its job. The feature was designed to help parents protect their kids from unauthorized messages and calls, but it’s broken.

It turns out that if contacts aren’t correctly synced with iCloud, then messages from unknown numbers are still received, and a child can add that number to their contacts without parental approval.

Apple has already promised a fix, so we’re expecting iOS 13.3.1 to address the problem.

We haven’t spotted any other changes yet, but if we do, we’ll update this post. Let us know down in the comments if you stumble across something new.


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