Apple on Wednesday released the sixth beta versions of its upcoming operating systems to developers. Compared to past beta builds, it appears that many of the tweaks and updates are relatively minor. But there are still a handful of notable changes in iOS 13 beta 6 and watchOS 6 beta 6.
iOS 13 Beta 6 Changes
As mentioned earlier, iOS 13 beta 6 doesn’t have too many major user-facing changes. But here are some that are still worth noting.
- Dark Mode Toggle. There’s now a standalone toggle that you can add to Control Center that lets you easily enable or disable Dark Mode (shown above).
- Folder Color. Apple has seemingly made folders in the app grid more transparent. As a result, they now match the color of your wallpaper better.
- Splash Screens. There are now new splash screens for Photos and the App Store highlighting new features added in iOS 13.
- Privacy Policies. Apple has added a slew of new privacy content alerting users to the policies in Analytics, Apple Pay and Location Services.
- Minor Design Tweaks. The volume indicator now has 16 increments again, instead of 34. Apple has also changed the 4G/LTE icon back to its original size so it no longer matches the size of the signal bars.
Apple has removed the Siri AirPods “Announce Messages” setting for some reason. There also appears to be a bug that allows users to use iPadOS finger gestures for text editing.
watchOS, macOS and tvOS
Apple also released beta versions of watchOS, macOS and tvOS to developers, although those software updates contain fewer changes than iOS 13 beta 6.
For example, watchOS 6 beta 6 now has a new heart rate icon that features a red color scheme.
Apple also appears to have addressed a bug that caused a lag in Apple Watch apps opening.
No significant changes were found for macOS Catalina beta 6 or tvOS 13 beta 6.
How to Download
If you’re a registered Apple developer, you can download the betas on devices over the air with the proper configuration profile installed.
Otherwise, you’ll need to wait for a public beta version to drop. Typically, iOS public betas arrive a day or so after their developer build counterparts.
Everyone else will be able to download iOS 13, watchOS 6 and Apple’s other updates when they debut as free over-the-air updates in the fall.