Second developer betas of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 finally appear

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iPadOS 13.3.1 developer beta 2 is out!
iPadOS 13.3.1, and the nearly-identical iOS version, are coming to fix some problems.
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After a long delay stretched back to before the holiday season, Apple today released iOS 13.3.1 developer beta 2, along with the equivalent pre-release version of iPadOS.

These are a bug-fix updates, meant to remove small problems introduced by software updates for iPhone and iPad in December.

The first iPadOS 13.3.1 and iOS 13.3.1 developer beta came out way back on Dec. 18. This is just being replaced today. Apparently, Apple’s developer team were given time off to celebrate Christmas/Hanukkah and New Years.

Neither of these new versions are expected to include new features. Their version number makes that clear.

But there’s a notable bug that needs fixing. iOS 13.3.1 and the iPadOS equivalent introduced new Screen Time controls for parents, allowing them to limit who their children communicated with after hours. Unfortunately, kids quickly found a way around the limitations. This update is expected to deal with the problem.

iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 are for developers only

As is Apple’s common practice, developers get first access to the latest iOS and iPadOS betas. A public version is expected soon — possibly as soon as 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.