Apple releases iOS 13.1 beta earlier than iOS 13 is even out

We’re simply two weeks away from September 10th, the day Apple is more likely to announce the iPhone 11 to the world — which suggests there isn’t a lot time to complete its iOS 13 working system earlier than launch. However what if Apple wasn’t really planning to complete it by then, and can simply admit that iOS 13 isn’t accomplished? That may clarify why immediately, the corporate launched a beta for iOS 13.1.

It’s not a typo; Apple completely simply launched a beta of the iPhone’s working system that’s one-tenth newer than the one you’ll be able to safely load on an iPhone. Right here’s the changelog as proof, which it’s also possible to peruse at your leisure. 9to5Mac is monitoring the modifications that precise customers will discover, and thus far there aren’t many.

For sure, this case is extremely uncommon. However as developer Curtis Herbert factors out, it’d make a specific amount of sense. Apple hasn’t all the time managed to hit the promised dates for software program options like AirPlay 2 and FaceTime group chats, and has had quite a few embarrassing software program bugs and feature-critical vulnerabilities it wanted to patch over the previous few years.

If Apple can stretch its growth course of and guarantees throughout the whole lot of iOS 13, as an alternative of getting to hit iOS 13.zero particularly, it’d take a number of the stress off, give the corporate extra time to squish the bugs, and get extra actual customers concerned to identify them within the first place. However — I’m speculating wildly right here — it may also imply that iOS 13.zero might be a good rougher journey than regular. (Chaim jogs my memory that iOS 11 was “a practice wreck for the primary few releases.”)

I’m additionally curious if this implies AirPods Audio Sharing received’t be out on the iOS 13.zero launch. It’s listed as a function of iOS 13.1 within the changelog, though it already appeared in earlier iOS 13 betas.

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