Apple releases first developer beta of iOS 13.3.1, likely with Screen Time bug fix [U]

Apple today is releasing the first developer beta of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1. This comes after the general release of iOS 13.3 last week, which included several new features for iPhone, iPad, and HomePod. iOS 13.3.1 focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.

Update: The first developer betas of macOS Catalina 10.15.3, iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, and tvOS 13.3.1 are now available.





It’s likely that one of the most notable bugs fixed in iOS 13.3.1 is related to Screen Time. Apple confirmed last week that it was working on a fix for an iOS bug that lets kids easily bypass Screen Time Communication Limits.

If contacts are not stored in iCloud, the Communications Limit feature doesn’t work as it should. If an unknown number texts a child’s phone, the Messages app gives the child the option to add that phone number to their contacts. Once that number is added, the child can call, FaceTime, or text the person.

What is meant to happen is that when a child tries to add a new contact, they should be presented with a passcode prompt for the parent. This is to stop children from communicating with people who aren’t in their contacts.

Spot any major changes in the first developer beta of iOS 13.3.1? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter, @9to5Mac. There’s no word on when the update will be released to the public.

Apple’s recent iOS updates: 

  • iOS 13 is now available, these are the 13 best features
  • Apple releases iOS 13.1 with new AirDrop features for iPhone 11 and more
  • Apple releases iOS 13.1.1 with fixes for battery drain, Siri, iPhone restores
  • Apple releases iOS 13.1.2 with bug fixes for Camera app, iCloud backups, and more
  • iOS 13.1.3 is the latest software update from Apple to fix iPhone and iPad bugs 
  • iOS 13.2 now available with Deep Fusion, new emoji, Siri privacy settings, more
  • iOS 13.2.2 now available with fix for background app performance, more
  • Apple releases iOS 13.2.3 with more background app improvements, Mail fixes, more
  • Apple releases iOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1, and tvOS 13.3, here’s what’s new [U: HomePod]

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