Apple drops first public iPadOS and iOS 13.4.5 bug-fix betas

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iPadOS and iOS 13.4.5 are all about killing bugs. The public can now beta test this upcoming version.
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More than developers can test iOS 13.4.5 and the iPad equivalent. Starting Thursday, the general public can download a beta version if they’re brave enough to run pre-release software.

Just be aware, these updates are almost entirely about fixing bugs in the iOS and iPadOS versions released March 24, not new features.

A winding road

Developers got their hands on their first iPadOS 13.4.5 beta along with the iOS equivalent on March 31. They got the second version yesterday, April 15.

Apple is charting an unusual course with fixes for iOS 13.4. It introduced iOS 13.4.1 along with an iPadOS version on April 7 to fix a FaceTime bug, apparently without beta testing it. But that was after developers started testing iOS 13.4.5.

It’s not yet clear what Apple’s plans are for versions 13.4.2 through 13.4.5.

Get iPadOS and iOS 13.4.5 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 the process isn’t overly complicated.