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Apple seeds third betas of iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, tvOS 13.4.8, macOS 10.15.6, watchOS 6.2.8 [u]

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Apple is now on its third round of betas for the current cycle, and has issued new builds of iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, tvOS 13.4.8, macOS 10.15.6, and watchOS 6.2.8 to developers for testing.

The newest beta versions can be acquired from the Apple Developer Center by participants in the Developer Beta program, or as an over-the-air update for devices already using the betas. Public beta versions arrive within a few days of the developer versions, accessible via the Apple Beta Software Program site.

The third betas replace the second round for iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, tvOS 13.4.8, and macOS 10.15.6, which was released on June 9, followed by the second watchOS 6.2.8 beta on June 10. The first betas for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS surfaced on June 1, with watchOS and tvOS on June 3.

The second beta round saw a version number change for iOS and iPadOS, from 13.5.5 in the first bets to 13.6.

Relatively few features are known about the contents of the iOS and iPadOS betas, but exploration of the code suggests Apple is preparing to launch "Apple News Audio," which may provide audio recaps and reports to users.

Apple is operating two sets of betas simultaneously, with the first developer betas for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, tvOS 14, and watchOS 7 seeded on June 22.

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 of iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 are also available.