The final versions of iPhones ($781 at Amazon) and iPads ($249 at Walmart) are coming your way this fall, but you can get a jump start now on everything the OSes offer. The public beta is open to anyone who wants to help test early builds of the operating system that will run on iPhones ($781 at Amazon) and iPads ($249 at Walmart) later this year. That's right, this year we have two different versions of iOS. One, , is for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the other, iPadOS 13, is dedicated to the iPad and brings with it new multitasking features and a desktop-class version of Safari.'s and software for your
Both software updates include a long list of new features, such as an official, new and improved . Apple also announced during its .
While the public betas are, as we said, open to anyone who wants to give them a spin, there are some things to be aware of.
Remember, it's beta
Over the years, the beta program for an upcoming iOS release has gotten more stable. However, it's called a beta version for a reason -- it's not finished. Apps are going to break, battery life is going to be horrible and frequent random restarts aren't unheard of.
If you want to test iOS 13, go into it knowing that you're testing beta software and do yourself -- and Apple -- a favor by providing feedback through the Feedback app.
You can't (easily) go back
In addition to a willingness to deal with bugs and random issues, you need to know that you can, but you can't restore from a backup made with your device on iOS 13.
So, with that in mind, it's a good idea to create a backup of your device as it is right before switching to the beta. The best way to do that is toand .
Which devices are supported?
According to Apple, the following devices can take part in the iOS 13 or iPadOS beta:
Devices that will support iOS 13, iPadOS 13
|iPhone XS||12.9-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone XS Max||11-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone XR||10.5-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone X||9.7-inch iPad Pro|
|iPhone 8||iPad (6th generation)|
|iPhone 8 Plus||iPad (5th generation)|
|iPhone 7||iPad Mini (5th generation)|
|iPhone 7 Plus||iPad Mini 4|
|iPhone 6S||iPad Air (3rd generation)|
|iPhone 6S Plus||iPad Air 2|
|iPod Touch (7th generation)||
Ready? Here's how to install iOS 13
Visit Apple's Beta Software Program on your computer. You'll need to sign in using your Apple ID, then pick iOS or iPadOS. The program will walk you through creating a back up of your iPhone or iPad -- don't just glance over this and move on, create a backup right now -- and then you'll need to download and install the beta profile. You can visit this link on your iPhone or iPad to download the profile.
After the profile is downloaded open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. The profile will show up, just below your name. Tap the profile, then approve the installation. Your device will reboot after the profile is added, after which you can go to Settings > General > Software Update to download and install iOS 13.
Of course, if you have a paid developer account you can still find the appropriate installation profiles on the developer site.
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Originally published June 3.
Update, June 30.