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Apple seeds first developer beta of iOS 13.3

Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 13.3 yesterday. While the update seems to fix the RAM management issues discovered in iOS 13.2, it offers little else. In fact, a new bug in the iOS 13.3 beta disallows the use of Beats Solo Pro headphones; an iPhone running iOS 13.3 Beta 1 will not recognize the headphones at all.

Apple seeded the first developer beta of iOS 13.3 yesterday, alongside the developer betas for iPadOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3, and watchOS 6.1.1 for the iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, respectively. What does the new beta bring? Not a lot, though there is one fix to a flaw in iOS 13.2 that has caused headaches for iPhone users.

The biggest piece of iOS 13.3 is a fix for the reported RAM management issues that have plagued iOS 13.2. Soon after its release, several users that downloaded iOS 13.2 began complaining that their handsets could not hold app processes in memory. Essentially, if a user was working in one app and switched to another, switching back to the original app would cause it to restart. The iOS 13.3 beta apparently fixes this issue, though there are still a few bugs. It appears as though there is a timeout that causes background apps to restart, though testing is still ongoing.

Other updates in the iOS 13.3 beta include a new option to disable Memoji Stickers from appearing by default, Communication Limits that allow users to set Screen Time limits on a per-contact basis (i.e., only allowing specific contacts to communicate with you during allowed screen time and downtime), and a new Apple Watch icon to match the latest wearable from Apple.

The new beta has its fair share of bugs, though. For one, Beats Solo Pro earphones are not recognized in the iOS 13.3 beta and so cannot be used with iPhones running the software. Considering Apple’s terrible track record with iOS 13, there are bound to be new bugs popping up over the coming weeks.

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Sam Medley, 2019-11- 6 (Update: 2019-11- 6)