Apple is not waiting for the release of iOS 13 to begin testing its first big update. The tech giant has posted an iOS 13.1 developer beta (plus a corresponding iPadOS 13.1 beta) the first time an iOS point release has been in a dev beta before it’s base version is available. Users will not trip over themselves to install this unless they are an early adopter, but the first additions suggest that is partly about restoring features that weren’t quite ready for 13.0.
Most notably, the 13.1 beta restores Automations within Shortcuts. Maps, meanwhile, has regained an option to share your ETA with associates. User will also see little additions like a new AirPods volume indicator, new HomeKit icons, and the choice of mapping a right mouse button to 3D Touch functions.
It isn’t sure why Apple is releasing a 13.1 beta so soon, although it could have a lot on its plate beyond the standard September event, including the TV+ launch, Apple Arcade, and new iPads. It may need to ensure that the required software for all this is in tip-top shape as soon as potential instead of ready until after the iOS 13.0 launch to begin testing.