Apple has released the second iOS 13 beta today to developers. This beta builds upon the iOS 13 Beta 1 which was released a couple of weeks ago and contains new features and improvements.
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Here are top 10 new features of iOS 13 Beta 2
- Subscriptions made available easily – All your subscriptions are now available via one click from your Apple Account screen. No more tapping around to locate your subscriptions.
- New Maps Intro Screen – The Maps app now highlights all the new features that were released with iOS 13 when you first open up the app
- Audio Sharing via AirPods – This is a big one as many Gen 1 AirPods users were worried that their units will not support this new feature. It is clear from the iOS 13 B 2 documentation that your older generation 1 AirPods will support Audio Sharing. As per Apple’s release notes, Audio sharing requires
- iPhone 8 or later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), or iPod touch (7th generation or later) is required.
- HomeKit – A new splash screen in the Homekit App now highlights HomePods support for multiple voices.
- Voice Control – When the Voice Control Accessibility feature is turned on, there’s a blue microphone icon at the top of the device to indicate that the iOS device is in Voice Control mode.
- CarPlay – New ‘Now playing’ screen in CarPlay that displays Album art
- Mail – Ignore Blocked Senders can now be enabled in Settings > Mail. The blocked contacts list is shared with Messages, FaceTime, and Phone.
- Animojis – New Animoji Stickers – There are new Animoji stickers available in B2
- Camera – New High-key mono portrait mode lighting option and a portrait mode lighting slider is now available.
- Files App now supports APFS Drives
The iOS 13 developer beta 2 has also fixed quite a few bugs that were present in the last version however there are still many that needs addressing. This dev beta may not be stable enough to be applied to your daily driver iPhone.
There are some rumors that the iOS 13 Public beta might be made available soon (In a few weeks) as opposed to July. That might be the best opportunity to try out iOS 13 on your device if you like.
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