Apple is often unpredictable in beta versions, especially with public beets. Developers get their updates first, then public testers have to wait and see if Apple will do the same for us. Sometimes the iPhone OEM makes us wait until the next day, but not with iOS 13.3 public beta 2. This update is now available to download and install.
Apple seeded 13.3 public beta 2 at 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST), three hours after the release of 13.3 developers beta 2. Because of this delay, we know a lot about what public beta 2 has in stock. The answer? Not so much. Unfortunately, it seems that 13.3 beta 2 is mostly a stability update, with virtually no new public features or changes.
Unlike this release, the first beta for 13.3 brought a handful of goodies to the beta testing table, e.g. a new screen time feature called "Communication Restrictions", which makes it easy to block alerts from contacts during certain time frames. New was also an option to disable Memoji stickers in Messages, and "View Album" changed to "View Album" in Apple Music, with a new icon replacing the original arrow. The Watch logo changed to a gray crown instead of a black one, and Apple added an updated AirPods Pro icon to Find My. We also found that the News app has "Thumps-Up" and "Thumbs-Down" buttons, as well as back-and-forth options for switching between pages.
Apple's release notes this time around are about the same size as the update itself. Apple mentions new network and Safari features, both of which apply to developers. You can see for yourself in the release notes below:
iOS & iPadOS 13.3 Beta 2 Release Notes
Update your apps to use new features and test your apps against API changes.
iOS & iPadOS 13.3 SDK provides support for developing apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 13.3. SDK comes with Xcode 11.2 available from Mac App Store. For information about Xcode 11.2 compatibility requirements, see Xcode 11.2 Release Notes.
Networking – New Features
- Some top level domains (TLD) such as .dev and .app are now found in Foundation URLSession and NSURLConnection HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list. An app that uses URLSession to visit a matching URL will always navigate to the URL as https: // and never as plaintext http: //. See the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) specification for more information on HSTS. (56247242)
Safari – New Features
- Now NFC, USB and Lightning support FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari, SFSafariViewController and ASWebAuthenticationSession with the WebAuthn standard, on devices with the necessary hardware features.
To download and install iOS 13.3 public beta 2, register through the Apple beta site, download and install the configuration profile, and then update through the air. If you already have the profile, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to begin the installation of the latest beta, or you can wait until it is automatically installed if "Automatic Updates" is enabled.
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