Apple surprises everyone with first iOS 13.1 beta [Updated]

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iOS 13.1 Developer beta 1
iOS 13 isn’t expected for weeks and Apple is already testing iOS 13.1 Developer beta 1.
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The slow slog toward the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 took an unexpected twist today: Apple just introduced the first betas of the followup versions.

The debut of prerelease versions of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 would seem to indicate that Apple has already finished development of the versions that’ll debut next month.

iOS 13 inches closer to launch with new beta [Updated]

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Buggy iOS 13 made Apple rethink how it develops software
Apple has made great strides in debugging iOS 13.
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Apple just seeded the seventh Developer beta of the next iOS and iPadOS version. This is the latest stage of a debugging process expected to end in September.

UPDATE: iOS 13 Public beta 6 just launched as well, so anyone who wants to try this new version can. The same goes for iPadOS Public beta 6.

Developers get their mitts on iOS 12 beta 6

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Developers, and others testing iOS 12 beta versions, already get to take advantage of the faster performance promised at WWDC.
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Apple is moving along through the beta phase of releasing iOS 12. The first version was released back in June, and today sees the debut of iOS 12 beta 6.

With the release just happening, we don’t yet know if it has any surprises. Beta 5 eventually revealed quite a bit about Apple’s plans.

Apple Bans WWDC Blogging, But Will Offer Dozens of WWDC Videos

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Like WWDC 2010, 2011, Apple will offer WWDC session videos
Like WWDC 2010, 2011, Apple will offer WWDC session videos

Tickets to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference sold out in less than two hours this morning. WWDC is a great event for any developer to attend. The media focus around WWDC, however, always centers on the keynote that kicks of the conference Monday morning – and with good reason. That’s the only public event at the show and also the least technical part of the conference.

The keynote is always more Apple announcement and preview than it is developer content. Apple uses it to announce and preview new technologies in the next iterations of OS X and iOS. The company has also used its WWDC keynote to launch new products (like the iPhone 4 in 2010).

New WWDC Ticket Rules Favor Independent Devs Over Large Companies

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Apple has taken drastic measure to stop WWDC ticket touts this year. Has your order been cancelled?
Apple's new WWDC ticket policies encourage more independent developers to attend.

Tickets to Apple’s WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) always sell out quickly once Apple announces the event – this year the conference sold out even faster than ever. In what was likely an effort to streamline ticket-purchasing and encourage more independent developers to attend, Apple modified the rules governing ticket purchases this year.