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5 Things to Know About the iOS 13.3 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a iOS 13.3 update and the firmware is in beta testing ahead of an unknown release date for the iPhone.

Unless Apple decides to release iOS 13.2.4 for iPhone, iOS 13.3 will serve as iOS 13.2.3’s successor.

The iOS 13.3 update will stand as the third milestone upgrade for the company’s iOS 13 operating system which means it almost certainly will bring more than just bug fixes and security patches to iPhone users.

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We don’t have an official iOS 13.3 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official release can try the firmware out right now via Apple’s beta programs.

With the iOS 13.3 update on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next big update for the iPhone and iOS 13.

In this guide to the iOS 13.3 update we’ll take you through iOS 13.3’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 13.3 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 13.3 beta, and more.

iOS 13.3 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 13.3 to arrive, you don’t have to.

Apple’s iOS 13.3 beta is now available to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

The iOS 13.3 beta is compatible with all iPhones compatible with iOS 13, a list that includes the iPhone 6s, iPhone XS, and many others.

Before you download the iOS 13.3 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta.

You can also downgrade back to an older version of iOS 13 though Apple is only signing on iOS 13.2.3 and iOS 13.2.2. The downgrade path back to other updates is closed.

In other words, if you were to move from iOS 13.1.3 to iOS 13.3 beta or iOS 12.4.1 to iOS 13.3 beta, there’s no way back. Keep that in mind before you move.

Apple is currently on iOS 13.3 beta 2 for both the developer and public betas.

iOS 13.3 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 13.3 release date for iPhone, but we expect it to arrive before the end of the year. We expect it to arrive sometime in late November or December before the holidays.

iOS 13.3 Release Time

We don’t have an official iOS 13.3 release date to share, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.

The official version of iOS 13.3 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right at 10AM.

Apple will also release iOS 13.3 beta updates for developers, and those in the Beta Software Program, in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version or new iOS 13.3 betas right away.

iOS 13.3 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches. iOS 13.3 shouldn’t be any different.

The iOS 13.3 beta includes a new feature called Communication Limits for Screen Time. This will allow parents to control who their children are able to contact via apps like FaceTime, Phone, and Messages.

The beta also features an option that lets you remove Memoji and Animoji stickers from the emoji keyboard. Safari also now supports NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-complaint security keys.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.

iOS 13 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 13.3 beta and iOS 13. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running iOS 12.

Jailbreak developers have teased iOS 13 jailbreak tools, but don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 13.3 beta.

For now, you must remain on iOS 12 if you want to jailbreak your iPhone.

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Install iOS 13.2.3 for Better Security

Install iOS 13.2.3 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.2.3 update right away.

iOS 13.2.3 doesn't have any new security patches on board, but if you skipped an older version of iOS 13, you'll get patches with your version of the update.

If you missed iOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here

If you missed iOS 13.1.1, you get its fixes with iOS 13.2.3. iOS 13.1.1 brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.2.3 update. You can learn more right here

If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade. Read about those here.  

If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.2.3 update. 

iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.

In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.

You also now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.

iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data. 

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