With the announcement of iOS 13 being released to the public next week, it’s no surprise that Apple has released iOS 13.1 Public Beta 3. All indications are that iOS 13.1 is going to be pushed out hot on the heels of iOS 13 to coincide with the shipment of iPhone 11 later this month.
So why do you need to skip the upgrade?
Downgrade to Destress
Anyone who’s been in the beta game for a bit will know all too well the pain of getting their brand new iPhone out of the box, going to restore it from their current iCloud backup, and finding that it’s incompatible because a proper version of the beta isn’t available for the new hardware.
Given how Apple seems to be keen on releasing iOS 13.1 simultaneously with the iPhone 11 retail release, this may not be an issue, but it’s better to play it safe.
Your best bet is to remove the beta profile from your iPhone now (under General > Profile) and wait for the public release of iOS 13 on September 19, and then store a backup on your Mac. That way, there will be a 100% compatible backup for your new iPhone 11 to import.
Once that’s done, you can safely re-install your iOS 13.1 beta profile, just keep in mind that you’ll lose any changes you make to your iPhone between that point and when you unbox your upgrade. Then, when you get your new iPhone 11, you’ll need to restore from the saved backup in iTunes, not your latest iCloud backup.
You could also just live with standard iOS 13 for a day until beta profiles are available for iPhone 11. Once they are, you can enroll your new device and keep on beta testing.
There’s nothing new in the iOS 13.1 Public Beta 3 release notes from Apple. The opacity is confusing, given that there were no surprises at yesterday’s Apple keynote. But all the new features that snuck back into iOS 13.1 are still here:
- The volume indicator now displays an icon for the Apple device that you’re actually controlling.
- Sharing ETAs via Maps is back with a new, easier to parse interface (more on that in a second).
- New Dynamic Wallpapers.
- Audio Sharing is available for all AirPods and PowerBeats Pro.
- Lights in the Home app can now have different icons.
- If you go to Settings > General > Fonts, there’s now a link to the App Store, indicating that we’ll be able to install system fonts via apps with future iOS 13 releases.
- Paired XBox One and PS4 controllers will appear in your battery management widget on the Home screen.
- Airdrop now features destination icons that show the device rather than the user.
Since the notes haven’t changed, the assumption is that there are no new recorded bug fixes in this release. That’s a shame, because there are an awful lot of them.
- If you’re in the developer beta for watchOS 6, you must upgrade to version 2 or later or your iPhone running iOS 13 will no longer connect.
- Searching in Notes may still deliver unexpected results.
- The offline-finding capability of the Find My app is currently limited.
- You might see the message: “Couldn’t connect to iCloud” when creating a new Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document in a shared folder. Close and reopen the document to fix it.
- Localization bugs are still being rooted out – devices set to use certain languages might exhibit clipped or misaligned layout or display unlocalized text.
- If you enable Share Across Devices, Screen Time settings don’t sync with iCloud until your iOS device is restarted. And make sure that you do, because any edits you make to your Screen Time settings on that device before restarting are lost.
- Complications will disappear from your Apple Watch if it isn’t running watchOS 6 beta. Your mileage may vary on this one.
- Google Chromecast is listed on the iOS 13.1 bug list, but it’s working for me. Your mileage may vary.
- The Marriott Bonvoy app won’t launch.
- Smart things apps such as Neato and Panasonic Homehawk that require Wi-Fi access for setup may not properly display your current wireless network.
iPhone 11 pre-orders will be filled next Friday, plenty of time for Apple to release one more beta build and get iOS 13.1 ready to ship. The assumption is that iOS 13.1 will be released to the public soon after the iPhone 11 launch and will contain all the bug fixes that Apple couldn’t include in the iOS 13 release due to the iPhone shipping schedule.
If you’re planning on getting a new iPhone, maybe I won’t see you back here next week. But if you do decide to brave it, just be ready to set up your new hardware from scratch!