Beta 1 of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 Released for Testing
Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 for users enrolled in the beta testing programs.
Typically a developer beta version rolls out first and is soon followed by the equivalent build as a public beta.
Separately, Apple has released new beta versions of tvOS 13.3 and watchOS 6.1.1 for Apple TV and Apple Watch respectively. There is not yet a beta version of MacOS Catalina 10.15.2 available, but presumably one will be issued in the relatively near future.
Those who are actively participating in beta testing developmental system software are able to download iOS 13.3 and ipadOS 13.3 right now from the “Software Update” mechanism of the Settings app.
It’s unclear what the betas of iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 focus on, but resolving bugs and issues with earlier versions of system software is a typical focal point. It’s possible that new features, refinements to existing features, and new Emojis may be included as well.
Separately, users beta testing watchOS 6.1.1 and tvOS 13.3 system software can find new beta updates in their devices respective Software Update sections as well. Presumably those beta releases also focus on bug fixes and enhancements to tvOS and watchOS.
Apple usually goes through several beta versions before issuing a final stable build to the general public, thus it’s reasonable to expect iOS 13.3 final and iPadOS 13.3 final are still quite a ways out.
The most recent final stable builds of iOS and iPadOS are currently iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2, which debuted around a week prior along with MacOS Catalina 10.15.1.
I recently purchased an iPad Pro to replace an old iPad Air. I updated to iPadOS immediately but did not synchronize my 18,000 photos from my iMac thinking I would be better to wait until Catalina was installed. Major issues ensued. Upon syncing from Photos to the iPad, about 1000 most recent synced OK but for the rest, major issues. Very few of the remaining images files came across properly. Most were simply black rectangles with no images at all. There is a wide range of file origins going back to iPhotos, Aperture and of course Photos. Over the years, I have used, Canon, Pentax and Nikon cameras. Most Nikon images were RAW files. Many other photos from iPhone 4s and 6s. There is no rhyme of reason I can determine as the cause. I have been working with Apple on these issues and they have been escalated to OS system engineering as well as Photos software engineering. So far, now solution has been found. Supplement and point releases have not provided any relief. It appears I am not alone with such issues.