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Apple releases second betas of iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2, tvOS 13.2, third watchOS 6.1 build

Apple is now on its second set for this round of betas, with new second builds of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 available for testing by developers along with the second tvOS 13.2 beta and watchOS 6.1's third beta.




The latest builds can be downloaded by developers in the beta-testing scheme via the Apple Developer Center, or as an over-the-air update for hardware already using earlier beta builds. A public beta version of the releases is expected to start arriving soon, and will be available through the Apple Beta Software Program website.

The first set of betas for iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 were issued on October 2, at the same time as the first tvOS 13.2 beta and the second watchOS 6.1 beta. After the frantic pace of betas for the milestone versions, Apple is expected to take things slower once more, until the updates are close to being released.




In the first iOS 13.2 beta, Apple added Deep Fusion, the comapany's computational photography feature that takes and compiles multiple shots into one high-detail image. Apple also updated the Settings app to include a Research category within Privacy, a contextual menu for the TV app when using 3D Touch or Haptic Touch, volume slider changes in Control Center, Announce Messages with Siri, and alterations to Apple Music and HomeKit.

New resources in the beta also pointed to a new set of noise-cancelling AirPods with an updated design. Lastly, iPadOS 13.2 pulls the Home Screen and Dock settings into their own category rather than residing under Display and Brightness in the Settings app, while the Slide Over app switcher can also close windows just like the full-screen apps.

An early discover in the second beta is the inclusion of new emoji. Revealed in July, the new emoji will arrive as part of iOS and iPadOS' support for Unicode 12.0, with highlight symbols including people holding hands, with users able to select any combination of gender and skin color, as well as more for the disabled, such as a guide dog and prosthetic limbs.

Both AppleInsider and Apple itself strongly recommend users don't install the betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

Find any changes in the new betas? Reach out to us on Twitter at @AppleInsider or @Andrew_OSU, or send Andrew an email at [email protected].

Update: Public betas are now available.