iOS 13 Beta 2 Now Available; Here Is What’s New

It’s been two weeks since the first developer beta of iOS 13 was released, and Apple has now released the second beta for developers. iOS 13 Beta 2 brings a number of major bug fixes

Interestingly, the second developer beta is available as an over-the-air update. The first beta version could only be downloaded from iTunes, probably because Apple was trying to discourage people who aren’t developers from downloading it. Apple management said at the time that over-the-air updates for iOS 13 wouldn’t arrive until the public beta is released in July.

Bug fixes in iOS 13 Beta 2

From what we’re seeing, developers found the first beta to be relatively stable compared to previous iOS versions. However, there were still plenty of bugs to fix. 9to5Mac is tracking the bug fixes reported in iOS 13 Beta 2.

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For example, SMB server connectivity is now possible in the Files app in the second beta. Users will also find that their Screen Time Downtime settings will sync to the Apple Watch if they have one paired with the device they’re testing the iOS 13 beta on. Calendar also brings new colors and tweaks for the interface.

There’s also a new option for High-Key Light Mono Lighting in the camera. The second beta also adds an intensity slider to edit lighting effects in Portrait Mode.

New features and options

The second beta also brings a few new Memoji stickers, including a shushing face, victory sign, fingers cross and thinking face. There’s also a new screen for multiple voice recognition for the HomePod. iOS 13 Beta 2 also brings the return of the “Select All” option for inboxes in the Mail app. There’s also now an icon on the home screen designating that voice control is enabled.

There is also a new option to send replies without confirmation when “Announce Messages” is enabled for Siri. New sounds are available with Tapback in Messages as well, and there are new options for Notes and checklists in the Notes app and a new toggle to show link previews in the settings for Safari.