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Apple macOS Catalina announced at WWDC 2019

Apple’s 2019 public betas for iPhone, iPad, macOS are live

Like to live a little dangerously and test out the latest operating systems on your phone, tablet, laptop, and possibly your TV? The 2019 Apple OS betas are live.

It hasn’t even been a month since Apple talked up what we can expect to see from the company next, but that hasn’t stopped it from giving regular folks a taste ahead of time.

Almost like a full meal rather than merely a sampler plate, the operating system betas for macOS, iOS for the iPhone, iPadOS for the iPad, and tvOS for the Apple TV have launched, meaning folks keen to try these out ahead of their releases later in the year can now do just that.

On the iPhone side of things, there’s iOS 13 with a new dark mode for using the iPhone at night, as well as a keyboard with built-in gesture typing, something that you’ve had to add in up until now.

The Files app gets some updates as well, as do Reminders, Messages, and passwords for apps get the biometric security of Face ID or Touch ID dependent on the model of iPhone you use.

But you should expect some bugs, because this is a public beta, and beta almost always means bugs.

Alongside iOS 13 for iPhone, there’s the new iPadOS variant for iPad, which gets a desktop and home screen a little more like a proper Mac, seeing the dark mode alongside iOS 13 and some more split screen compatibility, because it’s always nice to do more than one thing at once. We live in a multitasking world, and you should be able to multitask when you want with what you want.

Apple computers also get a beta this week with macOS Catalina, while tvOS sees a beta if you want to test out what Apple TV’s updates will look like.

Throughout all of this, it’s worth acknowledging that beta releases have bugs, and so you’d be putting your experience and battery life at a slight risk. That’s just something worth considering. If you’re okay with that, you’ll find instructions at Apple’s Beta programp to download the operating system betas to your device.

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