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Apple just released iOS 13.6 beta 3 with several new iPhone features

Published Jun 30th, 2020 1:25PM EDT
iOS 13.6 Beta 3 Download
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  • Apple just released iOS 13.6 beta 3 and iPadOS 13.6 beta 3 on Tuesday.
  • The releases come three weeks after the second iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 betas were seeded to developers, and a release could be close.
  • Apple says that the second beta of iOS 13.6 “contains bug fixes and improvements,” as well as a few new features like CarKey.

Apple has returned with the third beta of its latest iOS software, which is now available for developers to download. As a reminder, iOS 13.6 began as iOS 13.5.5, but Apple changed the name just as it did with the iOS 13.4.5 release earlier this year. iOS 13.5.5 is now iOS 13.6, and iPadOS 13.5.5 is now iPadOS 13.6. Presumably, this implies that Apple is using a new SDK in the update.

iOS 13.6 is expected to introduce CarKey as well as Apple News+ Audio, which brings audio versions of news stories to Apple’s news subscription app. Meanwhile, iPadOS 13.6 add bring keyboard shortcuts for iPad users that aren’t willing to shell out for a Magic Keyboard. The question now is whether or not iOS 13.6 and iPadOS 13.6 soon now that iOS 14 has been released to developers.

Apple’s iOS 13.6 beta 3 is now available, alongside the corresponding iPad software update for developers, iPadOS 13.6 beta 3. We can also expect new versions of Apple’s public iOS betas to follow shortly. Wondering whether or not your device is compatible with iOS 13.6 or iPadOS 13.6? We put together a list below that contains every compatible device. If your device is on there, it works with Apple’s latest beta software:

  • iPhone SE 2nd generation
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • 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
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 3rd generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPod touch 7th generation

As you know by now, installing a new iOS or iPadOS beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch couldn’t be easier. Just navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap “Download and Install” at the bottom of that page. If you want, you can also install the update through iTunes by connecting your iOS device to your computer. Whichever method you choose, just make sure to back up your device before installing the update.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.