Apple has launched this afternoon new iOS and iPadOS betas for the entire developer community. The company has made a change in nomenclature, as what used to be iOS 13.5.5 now becomes iOS 13.6. Therefore, one week after the first iOS 13.5.5 beta, we now have iOS 13.6 beta 2 available.
Apple makes these name changes very rarely, but we recently saw another one like it. What was to be iOS 13.4.5 became iOS 13.5 once the version included the COVID-19 virus exposure notification API. We went from having a minor update to a major version change . We also have new versions of Catalina 10.15.6 and tvOS 13.4.8 macOS, as well as a beta of Xcode 11.6.
This means that Apple must have introduced a novelty that it considers relevant in iOS 13.5.5 to have transformed it into iOS 13.6, a novelty that we do not yet know anything about since the update notes only mention the classic stability and security improvements . It will be a matter of waiting for the developers to search through the source code to see if they find any clues about what Cupertino is up to.
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As always, we recommend that you do not install these betas on your everyday devices unless you are responsible for your actions and completely sure of what you are doing. These betas are experimental, unstable, and lower performance versions; and they can affect the integrity of your data. If you just want to know what’s new, the best thing you can do is wait.