Beta testing on iOS is as Wild West as Apple gets. From functions to functions without releases, there is a high degree of unpredictability for what to expect. And not everything can be found immediately. For example, the beta 2 developer from last week has added a new feature that remained undiscovered until three days later. So what did Apple hide in the current iOS 13.3.1 dev beta 3 update?
Dev beta 3 hit the iPhones of developers at 1 p.m. EST (10 am PST) today, Wednesday 22 January. However, if you are not a developer, you will not see the update on your iPhone yet. As the name implies, dev beta 3 is only for registered developers. Public beta 3 is coming and we expect to see it at 4 p.m. EST (1
What dev beta 3 adds to 13.3.1 in general remains to be seen. Although we will dive into the software and report all findings, we have learned from dev beta 2 that not everything is discovered on the first day of a beta update. Although beta 2 did not seem to have new new functions compared to dev beta 1, Brandon Butch discovered a new switch to disable location services for the UWB chip in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 switch Pro Max – three days after the beta 2 came out.
Butch claims that this switch did not exist when he first updated his iPhone. If this is true, it means that Apple has added a new feature over the air. Apple normally packs new beta features in a special update, so it will be interesting to see if the company repeats the unconfirmed strategy for new features and patches in the future.
However, we do not expect release comments for dev beta 3 to tell us much. Although Apple does include new release notes with every 13.3.1 beta update, the release notes essentially contain no comments. Apple actually said, "There are no release notes for this software update" for both dev beta 1 and dev beta 2, and we can only expect the same to be true for dev beta 3.
Dev beta 3 release notes are coming.
To update your iPhone to iOS 13.3.1 dev beta 3, you must be a registered developer. You can use the recovery image for your iPhone that is available in the developer portal (install with iTunes or Finder) or install the configuration profile and then update it wirelessly. If you have already installed the profile on your iPhone, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to install the latest beta build, or you can wait for it to be installed automatically if "Automatic Updates" is enabled.
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