iOS 13 Public Beta 2 Released, Plus One Reason Why The QuickPath Keyboard Is Still Inferior.

Welcome back! After a long holiday weekend, Apple is finally back with the second iOS 13 Public Beta. This release should bring some much needed stability and pare down the list of known issues and bugs found in Public Release 1.

Let’s take a look.

What’s New

The assumption is that Public Beta 2 is running off the same code base as last week’s Developer Beta 3. If that’s the case, then there are a ton of quality of life upgrades that have made it in to this release.

  • New UI elements pretty much everywhere. Too many to individually list, in fact – poke around, especially in official apps like Mail, and see what’s new!
  • You can now take full screen screenshots outside of Safari.
  • Audio sharing is now available for AirPods!
  • Ignore Blocked Senders is now available. Turn it on in Settings > Mail. This list is shared with Messages, FaceTime, and Phone, so once you block someone in one app, they’re blocked everywhere.
  • Are you paying attention? FaceTime knows – the new attention correction feature is now available (if you want to disable it, you’ll have to toggle it on at least once…yeah, that’s a bug).

Honestly, it’s easier just to poke around and find new stuff rather than stick to an exhaustive list. This early in the beta, the UI is going through drastic changes, so it’s best to just dive in and see what’s changed.

What’s Fixed

There’s not a ton that’s made it to the fixed list this time around, but Apple did manage to correct a few bugs from Public Beta 1.

  • Tapping links no longer makes apps unresponsive.
  • The Wi-Fi icon displays consistently.
  • Wallpapers display correctly.
  • VO2 Max isn’t broken anymore in Health.
  • Feel free to read PDFs in Books again without fear of a crash.
  • Maps will now change dynamically in CarPlay for light and dark mode.
  • Shared iCloud folders will now display their contents correctly.
  • Music won’t display as paused even when playing.
  • Gmail’s “View Entire Message” feature works again.
  • Not a fan of QuickPath typing? You can turn it off now.

There are more behind-the-scenes fixes as well, making iOS 13 Public Beta 2 more stable overall. But, y’know, not everything is wine and roses.

What’s Broken

Betas gonna beta and iOS 13 Public Beta 2 is no different. Here are the biggest bugs facing testers in the latest release.

  • Large photo libraries will still have to wait for an extended period of time on first open in iOS 13
  • Sporting an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? No beta for you.
  • Locally downloaded items are still moving back to iCloud after upgrading.
  • Reminders can’t be enabled for managed Apple IDs.
  • Attention Correction has to be toggled on before it’s turned off in FaceTime.
  • It’s not just you, Quick Action icons look larger than normal…because they are.
  • iCloud data in general is wonky right now. If things aren’t matching up when you look at your stats in Settings, don’t panic – nothing is reporting the way it should right now.
  • You can’t share images directly from a Mail message. You’ll need to forward the whole thing.
  • Reordering songs in Up Next may cause Music to crash.
  • If Memojis aren’t syncing up properly to your face, you’ll need to restart Messages.
  • Chromecast streaming is still dodgy.
  • Managed accounts can request “one more minute” perpetually…just like your kids do in real life.

And that’s just a snippet of what’s still broken in iOS 13 Public Beta 2. You can check out the full release notes here. I highly recommend doing so before upgrading.

If you see anything that gives you pause, don’t upgrade or, better yet, restore your device back to iOS 12. It’s going to be a while before that list gets any shorter.

One of the things I was most excited about in iOS 13 was that Apple was finally bringing Swype-typing to the keyboard. After using it for the past few years I don’t know that I can enter text in iOS any other way without going insane.

I was all ready to ditch the Google app’s keyboard after some trial and error, but one thing stopped me cold. There’s no option to enable “offensive words.”

Even though third party keyboards don’t work consistently in iOS 13 right now, having to constantly correct my text entries to include things that iOS 13 deems “too naughty” to autofill is ducking bell.

At this point in the beta, there are no Settings options for the keyboard (other than the option to turn QuickPath typing on). Here’s hoping that changes in an upcoming release.

What’s Next?

Based on what we’ve seen so far, iOS 13 Developer Beta 4 will be released next week, with iOS 13 Public Beta 3 coming about a week after.

I’ve found plenty of inconsistencies and minor bugs (CarPlay is especially buggy, as it usually is during early betas), but nothing that’s stopped me enough to kick me off the Public Beta ticket. As long as you’re OK with the bug list above, and you don’t mind your daily routine being disrupted, I think now is as good of a time as any to give iOS 13 a shot

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