Outside the normal release schedule, Apple has published a new beta for its various operating systems . iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1 and tvOS 13.3 have been updated to a fourth beta for both developers and public beta program subscribers (except for watchOS, which is never public).
The update is available via OTA , i.e. it will appear in the system settings if the user has the betas profile installed on his device. As always, it is recommended to install this beta only on secondary devices as they may cause data loss or malfunction as they are test operating systems.
iOS 13.3 together with iPadOS 13.3 bring important new features for users. From the nomenclature of the version we see that we are facing the third major update of the operating systems during this annual cycle that runs from September 2019 to September 2020 when version 14 arrives.
But what exactly is new? As we have seen in previous betas, iOS 13.3 introduces communication limits for Time of Use . This allows parents to set how much and how much their children can communicate if the time-of-use block is active. The update also brings FIDO2 support for security keys in Safari, which we explained in detail at the time. Finally, the possibility to deactivate Memoji stickers on the Emoji keyboard is noteworthy.
As for watchOS 6.1.1 and tvOS 13.3 the new features are minor and are more limited to performance improvements and bug fixes. It will be difficult to see what is new in these two operating systems until next year.
AppleSafari supports FIDO2 security keys by NFC, USB and Lightning from iOS 13.3
There is no date for the arrival of the final version. Most likely it will be in about a month. Apple usually releases about six or seven beta versions before the final version, taking into account that we are going for four versions and a new one arrives every one or two weeks… A matter of a month. We’ll keep an eye out.