Now that Apple’s WWDC opening keynote has come to a close, developers are rushing off to download the many different betas that have been announced. As usual, iPhone and iPad betas are the most popular, with iOS 13 and the now renamed iPadOS 13 betas available from the Apple developer portal. However, unusually, there is no OTA update available.

Normally, Apple makes a configuration profile available that, once installed on an iPhone or iPad, allows the update to be downloaded just like any other. However, with this initial beta release that configuration profile is not available and developers must install the update via iTunes instead.

Apple hasn’t made it clear why this is the case, but we believe that the company is trying to prevent non-developers from installing the update. Apple has also provided a warning via its developer portal, suggesting people wait for a future beta release rather than install this initial version unless they are developers.

This version is intended exclusively for software developers to test their apps and start adopting the new technologies in iOS. Make sure to back up your device and install only on systems you are prepared to erase if necessary.

Important Note for Thrill Seekers: If you’re interested in living on the edge and trying out the great new features in iOS 13, we strongly advise waiting for the many bug fixes and refinements coming to the public beta later this month.

Non-developers can, of course, still install this new beta via iTunes if they have access to the developer portal, but this additional step may be enough to put some off taking the release for a spin. Apple has said that a public beta release will arrive next month, although the aforementioned note does suggest it will be sooner.

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