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Apple’s iOS 13.3.1 Releases Second Developer & Public Beta Version

By Ajay Kumar | January 21, 2020
iOS 13.3.1 Public Beta

Tech giant Apple is very well-aware of what users want while taking care of the need of developers too.

Just like introducing iOS 12.3 beta to developers with a new TV app last year, this year Apple has released a second beta version for iOS 13.3.1. and iPadOS. 

Meanwhile, the limelight this time has been taken over by Screen Time Communication first and Location-Tracking issue later.

Apple has introduced the second beta version for iOS 13.3.1. and iPadOS after making iPadOS 13.3.1 beta 2, watchOS 6.1.2 beta 2, macOS Catalina 10.15.3 beta 2, tvOS 13.3.1 beta 2, iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 available to developers. 

Among Apple iPhone News, the release made on January 14th majorly focuses on bug fixing and performance improvements which were on hold from the past one month due to holiday recesses.

In comparison to two latest releases in iOS 13.3.1, the most notable bug fix is related to Screen Time. This bug fixing will limit kids’ bypass Screen Time Communication- something which was confirmed by Apple last month. 

The Detailed Updates by Apple

1 – Limiting Child’s Contact Communication

One of the first updates made by Apple is limiting Communication. This states that if a contact is not stored in iCloud, the Communications Limit feature will not work as it is supposed to.

 For instance- if a child gets a text from an unknown number, the Messages app will enable the option of saving that number to the contact list. Once the number is saved, calling, FaceTime or Texting the number gets unlocked. 

Meanwhile, the twist here is that if a child tries to add the new contact, he/she needs to present a passcode prompt for the parents. The process will restrict the child from communicating with people out of the contact list. 

2 – New Location Privacy Feature

The issue of tracking location in the iPhone 11 even when turned off has made the tech giant come up with another update related to the new location privacy feature. 

As per the report on Twitter by journalist and YouTuber Brandon Butch, the latest iOS 13.3.1 beta version has a new toggle switch. The switch enables users to disable the Ultra-Wideband chip. The chip was introduced in a range of iPhones last year. 

brandon butch screenshot

Ultra-Wideband Chip is the advanced version of Bluetooth bettering iOS features like AirDrop.

Amidst of location tracking issue, Apple confirms that iPhone 11 does use location services as the UWB chip in it was not approved everywhere in the world.

Statement by Security Professional John Opdenakker Validates-

“It’s good to see that Apple will give people the option to switch off ultra wideband”

Here is a How to Get 13.3.1 Privacy Control

Before the official launch of iOS 13.3.1, you need to use a new toggle if carrying iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro.

Once done, go to Privacy Settings, check Location Services and System Services. There the new control will be shown under Networking and Wireless. 

And you are good to go with accessing privacy control feature. 

Meanwhile, Apple is also running tests with watchOS 6.1.2, macOS Catalina 10.15.3, and tvOS 13.3.1 that will be updated for the second beta version. However, you can install new ios, tvOS, and macOS through Apple Beta Software Program

Related Articles:
1 – iOS 13 Features
2 – iOS 13: Next Generation OS


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