Apple iOS 13, iPad OS, MacOS Catalina first public beta now available: How to try1 min read . Updated: 25 Jun 2019, 11:17 AM IST
- The public beta has come a few weeks earlier than expected—Apple had slated its release in July
- The final version of the iOS 13, iPad OS and MacOS is expected to come out in September
Apple announced new operating systems for its devices at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this month. For its iPhones, it announced the iOS 13, for iPads, the iPad OS and for Macs, the Mac OS Catalina. If you're one of those who have been waiting patiently for the new operating systems since Apple's senior VP-software engineering Craig Federighi's keynote, you're in luck because Apple has finally released the first public beta versions of them.
Until now, developers builds were available since a few weeks now. The public beta has come a few weeks earlier than expected—Apple had slated its release in July. Apple's decision to roll out the public beta early means it thinks the build is stable enough.
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't weigh in the risk while you're installing it on your device. You should understand that public betas of any operating system or application are often buggy and risky. And that's the point of rolling them out to a select group of people—to iron out the errors so that they don't creep in the final build.
The final version of the iOS 13, iPad OS and MacOS is expected to come out in September.
To get your hands on the public beta, you need to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program. To do that, you'll have to register with your Apple login. Next, you'll have to select the device you'd like try out the beta for.
If you wish to try out the iOS or iPad OS on your iPhone or iPad, you will be asked to download a configuration profile from Apple's beta website in Safari. You will then have to go to Settings > General > Software Update to download the iOS 13 public beta. Apple smartphones including iPhone SE and beyond along with iPod touch (7th gen) are eligible for the iOS 13 public beta update.
In case of a Mac device, you'll be required to enrol it on the same website. Then you'll be asked to download MacOS Public Beta Access Utility software, a .DMG that will let you download MacOS Catalina on your Mac via the Software Update option in Settings.