Apple’s iOS 13 beta is available: How to Download it & What Can You Expect?


The new iOS 13 is available as a public beta for those who want to have a preview before the release. It will fundamentally focus on improved performance, a new Dark Mode and an overhaul on the Maps app, new Photos app, and a smarter Reminders app. The final version is likely to hit iPhones in September.


According to Software Engineering, Senior Vice President Craig Federighi the new iOS 13 will bring about these changes in performance:

      30% faster Face ID unlock

      50% smaller app download sizes

      60% smaller app update sizes

      2 x faster app launch

We urge you not to take these numbers too seriously as the speed varies depending on the model of iPhone you are using. Nevertheless, we are certain that all devices will see some degree of performance improvements.

There’s some buzz going around about Dark Mode, it is the showiest feature the iOS 13 has to offer. It offers a unified black look to all its first-party apps – Messages, Photos, Mail. Do not be fooled by this simple yet impactful change, it will leave your iPhone feeling spanking new.


If you are using an iPhone with organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) display such as the iPhone X, XS or XS Max, the Dark Mode proves to actively save your battery life as OLEDs function by lighting pixels. The longer your iPhone is in Dark Mode, the more battery saved.

The Dark Mode does not extend to third-party apps. Developers would have to build incompatibility if they wish to see it functioning across their app. However, big players in the market will very much likely come on board.    

As for security and privacy, a Sign in with Apple option has been introduced, fairly similar to like how you would sign in for Google or Facebook. Simply sign in via Face ID or Touch ID with your Apple credentials to sign in a new account. Here’s where things get interesting, you can opt to not share your email address with the app, Apple will then formulate a unique random email address and your email address will be covered. A step in the right privacy direction, nice going, Apple!

There’s a lot more to gain from the new iOS 13. For instance, the Apple default keyboard will now support swipe typing, Safari will provide the option of text scaling as well as some preferential settings and the Photos app will be upping its editing functions which you can then do away with third-party apps like VSCO or Snapseed. Other improvements will be involving Music, Mail, Notes, Reminders, Map, Messages, Location and Airpods. Read more about these features here

HOW TO get iOS 13?

Head to on your iPhone or iPad. Sign in, agree to the terms, and download the beta profile.
Then go to Settings > General > Profile and ensure that the profile is active.


Like updating any new release of iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update to begin the download and installation process. Word of caution that although exciting, iOS betas may have bugs and performance problems, we do not recommend you download it onto your primary device.


The iOS 13 requires iPhone 6S or later, iPad Air 2 or later, the new iPad mini 4 and iPhone SE in other to operate. It will not support older devices that support up to iOS 12. As a general rule of thumb, iOS 13 requires an iPhone or iPad from the last four years (depending on the device category). Still unsure? Here’s a list of all those devices that will support iOS 13:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2


Some reports of abnormal battery drain upon downloading. This is just the beginning as there seems to be a spectrum of problems from Wi-Fi connectivity issues, Face and Touch ID problems, crashes, lag, and first and third-party applications.

If you’re thinking about downloading it nevertheless but want more information, we’d recommend reading feedbacks from users first. It will give you a good idea of want the prevalent problems and search for solutions on YouTube. Alternatively, GottaBeMOBILE has compiled a list of common problems and how to troubleshoot them, we hope this list comes in handy: 


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