iOS & iPadOS 13 Beta 4 Release Notes

Update your apps to use new features, and test your apps against API changes.


The iOS & iPadOS 13 SDK provides support for developing apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS & iPadOS 13. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 11 beta available from Beta Software Downloads. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 11, see Xcode 11 Beta 4 Release Notes.


Known Issues

  • Snapshots for apps that use Metal might have an unexpected appearance in the App Switcher. (53121694)

Resolved Issues

  • The EU volume limit warning appears correctly when exceeding the maximum volume limit. (51068683)

  • If you have a large photo library, you no longer need to wait for an extended period while your device displays the Apple logo with a progress bar following an update to iOS & iPadOS 13. (51147659)

  • Tapping links no longer causes apps to become unresponsive for a period of time after updating to iOS & iPadOS 13 beta. (51222428)

  • Wallpapers consistently display correctly. (45300725)

  • The Wi-Fi icon is consistently displayed in the status bar when Wi-Fi is on. (51512334)


  • The UIApplicationExitsOnSuspend key is no longer supported in iOS & iPadOS 13. Update your apps to handle modern multitasking. (43958234)


Resolved Issues

  • Activity behaves as expected when you tap on VO₂ max in Trends. (51539836)

App Store

Resolved Issues

Apple CryptoKit

Resolved Issues

  • Users are prompted to authenticate when using the SecureEnclave API with access control set on keys. (51279188)


New Features

  • Voice Processing mode can now be enabled on AVAudioEngine. (50906329)

  • New AVAudioNode types can be used to wrap a user-defined block for sending or receiving data in real time.

  • A new method is available for an AVAudioEngine-based app to retrieve a list of all nodes attached to an AVAudioEngine instance.

  • A new rendering mode in AVAudioEnvironmentNode selects the best spatial audio rendering algorithm automatically based on the output device.

  • A new AVAudioSession property allows system sounds and haptics to play while the session actively uses audio input.

  • A new enumeration, AVAudioSession.PromptStyle, informs apps which style of voice prompt they should play based on other audio activity in the system.

  • AVAudioSession.RouteSharingPolicy now permits apps to specify route-sharing policies so their audio and video routes to the same location as AirPlay.

  • Audio Unit Extensions now support user presets that are available across all host applications.


  • The OpenAL framework is deprecated and remains present for compatibility purposes. Transition to AVAudioEngine for spatial audio functionality.

  • AUGraph is deprecated in favor of AVAudioEngine.

  • Inter-App audio is deprecated. Use Audio Units for this functionality moving forward.

  • Carbon component-based Audio Units are deprecated and support will be removed in a future release.

  • Legacy Core Audio HAL audio hardware plug-ins are no longer supported. Use audio server plug-ins for audio drivers moving forward.

Audio Sharing

New Features

  • Audio sharing is compatible with AirPods (1st generation or later) and PowerBeats Pro. iPhone 8 or later, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad (5th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), or iPod touch (7th generation or later) is required. (51331268)


New Features

  • AVFoundation now supports encoding video with alpha channels using HEVC. Videos encoded in this manner are broadly supported in AVFoundation APIs, and by Safari within web pages. Technical details of the format can be found in the Interoperability Profile specification. (8045917)


Resolved Issues

  • Locally downloaded cloud items don’t move back to iCloud after upgrading to iOS & iPadOS 13 beta. (51306790)

  • A predictive text bar no longer appears unexpectedly when reading certain books. (51584308)

  • Books no longer quits unexpectedly while browsing a PDF. (51108267)

  • Books stored in iCloud Drive appear without delay in your Library. (51435740, 50776390)


Resolved Issues

  • Home screen icons display correctly in light mode. (51863892)

  • The garage door button consistently appears in the CarPlay Dashboard. (50275274)

  • The map style for navigation apps changes dynamically between dark and light modes. (50986173)

Core Haptics

Known Issues

Resolved Issues

  • When audio generated by Core Haptics is played using an audio session category or mode that normally supports Bluetooth or wired headphone output, audio plays as expected. (29939183, 50905288)

  • Creating a hapticContinuous event with an attackTime of 1.0 then dynamically increasing the attack time by 1.0 no longer causes erroneous behavior. (50386282)

  • The default value for audioBrightnessControl is now 0, not 1. (50310604)

Core Image

New Features

  • The init(imageURL:options:) and init(imageData:options:) initializers no longer support RAW version 5 and earlier. Version 6 and later remain supported. (50911303)

  • Added new APIs for instantiating and modifying the built-in Core Image filters.

  • The CICoreMLModel filter is enhanced to support models with an input or output of type MLFeatureType.multiArray.

  • Metal CIKernel instances support arguments with arbitrarily structured data.

  • Metal CIKernel instances support returning a group of 2 × 2 pixels.

  • The integer values of CIFormat symbols, such as ARGB8, have changed to a new set of values that are consistent across platforms. The former values remain supported for backward compatibility; however, you should avoid dependancies on specific numerical values.

Core Media

Resolved Issues

  • Media services no longer quits with the message “AVFoundation error AVErrorMediaServicesWereReset -11819” when you play a low-latency HLS stream if the network link doesn’t negotiate TCP ECN. (51690639)

Core ML

Resolved Issues

  • In the MLRecommender model, the exclude and restrict parameters are optional as expected. (50348777)

Device Management

Known Issues

  • Users can’t accept an invitation to App and Book Assignments. (50832260)

Resolved Issues

  • MDM queries no longer return unmanaged data, such as profiles and certificates installed using Apple Configurator. (50857952)

  • After completing User Enrollment, Reminders can be enabled for the Managed Apple ID. (48820760)

  • After completing User Enrollment, you’re no longer prompted to reenter your Managed Apple ID credentials when viewing account details in Settings > Passwords & Accounts. (48605466)

  • You can now access the Enterprise iCloud Drive from managed apps when the managed “Open-in” restriction is enabled on a User Enrollment. (51016087)

  • On a User Enrollment, you can install enterprise apps after removing and then reenrolling in MDM. (50959631)


Resolved Issues

  • You no longer need to toggle the Attention Correction setting at least once in order to disable it. (52054477)


Resolved Issues

  • Using Files in Schoolwork is now supported. (51588407, 51277263)

Find My

Known Issues

  • When performing an action in Find My that generates an email, you might see references to the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps. (51123613)

  • The “Notify when found” feature is currently unavailable.

  • Apple Pay cards might remain suspended after a device exits Lost Mode.

  • While iOS & iPadOS 13 remains in beta, offline-finding capability is limited.


Known Issues

  • After viewing IP camera streams in the Home app, your device won’t sleep until you exit the app. (52981554)

Home Screen

Known Issues

  • Dragging app icons from Spotlight currently has no effect. Instead, drag app icons from the Dock. (49004339)

Resolved Issues

  • Items in Quick Action menus have correctly sized icons. (50561570)

  • When viewing widgets for the first time after restarting your device, the Show More toggles appear correctly. (50966601)


Known Issues

  • The iCloud Drive section in Settings > General > iPhone Storage might inaccurately represent the current state of files on your device. (50362095)

  • When creating a new Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document in a shared folder, you might see the message: “Couldn’t connect to iCloud.” (50827963)

    Workaround: Close and reopen the document.

  • When manually initiating iCloud backup from Settings > iCloud Account > iCloud > iCloud Backup > Back Up Now, the progress bar doesn’t complete. However, this doesn’t mean that the backup isn’t complete. Once the text below the progress bar changes from “Backing Up” to “Updating iCloud,” it indicates that the backup completed. However, the iCloud sync doesn’t complete due an issue with notes syncing with iCloud. Your notes might not be up to date on iCloud compared to the notes on your device. (51030266)

Resolved Issues

  • All of your iCloud Drive data is consistently present after upgrading to iOS 13 beta. (51787170, 51950018)

  • Documents download correctly in iCloud Drive. (52295165)

  • The content of folders inside an iCloud Shared Folder are available to other users viewing your shared folder. (51591135)

  • Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents in shared folders correctly show an error message when you try to access them from (50738067)


Resolved Issues

  • You can disable QuickPath typing. (50989321)


Known Issues

  • Devices set to use certain languages might exhibit clipped or misaligned layout. (51068688)

  • Devices set to use certain languages might display unlocalized text. (47765173, 51197936, 51270878)


Resolved Issues

  • Apps that receive user location are no longer erroneously attributed large numbers of locations even though only a few locations were actually received. (52240105)

  • Requesting Always authorization and receiving Provisional Always authorization is no longer incorrectly delivered to the CLLocationManagerDelegate as CLAuthorizationStatus.authorizedWhenInUse. (51475789)


New Features

  • Ignore Blocked Senders can now be enabled in Settings > Mail. The blocked contacts list is shared with Messages, FaceTime, and Phone. (50775961)

Known Issues

  • You might be unable to share an image directly from an email. Instead, forward the email with attachments. (50538771)


Resolved Issues

  • Route lines display correctly when sharing a trip ETA. (50904902)

  • You can navigate from an origin location that’s different than your current location when a watch running watchOS 6 beta is paired to your iPhone running iOS 13 beta. (47399367)


Resolved Issues

  • Animoji and Memoji mirror your face as expected starting in build 17A5522g. (52199654)


Resolved Issues

  • Music doesn’t quit unexpectedly when reordering songs in Up Next. (51639471)

  • Music no longer appears paused even though audio is playing. (49926478)

  • You can share or tap album and artist links. (49675331)


New Features

Resolved Issues

  • For a background-configuration URLSession, an HTTP Set-Cookie header sent from a server behaves as expected. (47044416)


  • Removed support for FTP and File URL schemes for Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC). HTTP and HTTPS are the only supported URL schemes for PAC. This affects all PAC configurations including, but not limited to, configurations set using Settings, System Preferences, Profiles, and URLSession APIs such as connectionProxyDictionary and CFNetworkExecuteProxyAutoConfigurationURL(_:_:_:_:). (28578280)

  • The URLSession and NSURLConnection APIs no longer support SPDY. Servers should use HTTP 2 or HTTP 1.1. (43391641)


Known Issues

  • Using search in Notes might produce unexpected results. (48238242)

Phone and FaceTime

Known Issues

  • When upgrading to iOS 13 beta, you might be unable to enter your SIM PIN during the setup process. Instead, use Settings > Cellular > SIM PIN to unlock your SIM. (51593059)

Resolved Issues

  • The status bar accurately reflects the current connection state when transitioning in and out of cellular service. (50821677)


Resolved Issues

  • Transcript search is now available. (50425804)

  • Podcast artwork doesn’t overlap other UI elements. (50859386)

Safari and WebKit

Resolved Issues

  • Keyboard shortcuts behave as expected when using non-English language settings. (50979111)

Screen Time

Known Issues

  • Users can select “One more minute” multiple times per day instead of only once each time they reach the limit for an app. (48773803)

  • If you enable Share Across Devices, Screen Time settings don’t sync with iCloud until your iOS device is restarted. Any edits you make to your Screen Time settings on that device before restarting are lost. (50194586)


Known Issues

  • Do Not Disturb settings might not synchronize between your phone and watch until both are updated to iOS 13 beta 4 and watchOS 6 beta 4. (52830669)

  • You might be unable to purchase cellular data plans on iPad. (51735832, 51737229)

Sign In with Apple

Known Issues

  • Real User status is currently unavailable. Sign In with Apple provides a status for new accounts but the status might return unexpected results. (51765525)


Known Issues

  • AirPods might disconnect unexpectedly when Announce Messages with Siri is enabled unless music is playing while receiving a new message. (50322025)

  • When you edit an app's intent definition file and install the app, changes aren’t immediately reflected in Shortcuts. (46645833)

    Workaround: Quit and relaunch Shortcuts after installing a new version of the app, or build and run the intents extension in Xcode, targeting the Shortcuts app.

  • The supportsOnDeviceRecognition property always returns false the first time it’s accessed. After a few seconds, accessing it again returns the correct value. (47822242)

  • Shortcuts opened on iOS & iPadOS 13 beta are automatically upgraded and can no longer be opened on iOS 12. If a device with iOS 12 and a device with iOS 13 share an iCloud account, shortcuts might become unusable on the device running iOS 12. (50873839)

    Workaround: Disable iCloud Sync between devices running iOS & iPadOS 13 beta and devices running iOS 12.

  • While using non-English languages, asking Siri to perform actions related to Reminders or Messages might cause the corresponding application to quit unexpectedly. (50952938)

  • Currently, the only supported response for INSearchForMediaIntent is INSearchForMediaIntentResponseCode.continueInApp. (51010311)

  • When Announce Messages with Siri is enabled, music playback might be interrupted when a message is read. (51243455)

Resolved Issues

  • Shortcuts-enabled media apps no longer appear to have SiriKit media support. (51010590)

  • To support Announce Messages with Siri in your messaging app, add INSearchForMessagesIntentIdentifier to your notification category. (50462393)


New Features

Known Issues

  • When pushing a view from a NavigationLink in an element of a List, the pushed view shows Button instances with black text and NavigationLink instances with black text and a chevron. (52858284)

  • Image instances don’t use resizing information configured in asset catalogs. Configure the size of an image using the resizable(capInsets:resizingMode:) modifier instead. (49114577)

Resolved Issues

  • View modifier methods return opaque views (some View) rather than complex generic types. (46140669)

  • ScrollView instances always size themselves as expected for their content. (49204262)

  • The tabItemLabel(_:) modifier — now named tabItem(_:) — now accepts @ViewBuilder closures. (51502668)

  • Text in previews in Xcode switch to the correct appearance in Dark Mode. (51486412)


Third-Party Apps

Known Issues

  • You might be unable to stream to a Chromecast device. (51334673)

  • WhatsApp might quit unexpectedly when forwarding messages to a user who isn’t in the recent contacts list. (45416129)

  • WhatsApp users might receive duplicate notifications or notifications without content. (50537131)

  • Audio might not play in Instagram stories. (50433755)

  • The Wells Fargo app might quit unexpectedly when opened or during sign-in. (51085418)

Resolved Issues

  • Didi displays map data correctly. (48386075)

  • Apps that were unable to backup or restore data to iCloud Drive can now do so once again. (50784901)

  • Gmail behaves as expected when you tap the "View entire message” link. (51451630)

  • Dragging and dropping an NSUserActivity-backed drag item creates a new scene.


New Features

  • The UITableViewCell class no longer changes the backgroundColor or isOpaque properties of the contentView and any of its subviews when cells become highlighted or selected. If you are setting an opaque backgroundColor on any subviews of the cell inside (and including) the contentView, the appearance when the cell becomes highlighted or selected might be affected. The simplest way to resolve any issues with your subviews is to ensure their backgroundColor is set to nil or clear, and their opaque property is false. However, if needed you can override the setHighlighted(_:animated:) and setSelected(_:animated:) methods to manually change these properties on your subviews when moving to or from the highlighted and selected states. (13955336)

  • Since iOS 8, using UISearchController with UINavigationController has required setting the definesPresentationContext property of the top view controller to true. Failure to do so leads to subtle bugs that can be hard to detect and debug. Starting in iOS & iPadOS 13 beta, if a view controller’s navigationItem has a non-nil searchController, when the view controller is shown in a navigation controller, UINavigationController automatically sets that view controller’s definesPresentationContext property to true. If you are targeting earlier versions of iOS, set this property before your search controller becomes active. (31338934)

  • The UIRefreshControl class no longer directly modifies the contentInset of its scroll view. Instead, its adjustments to the content inset will be incorporated into the scroll view’s adjustedContentInset. The only exception is when the scroll view’s contentInsetAdjustmentBehavior is set to UIScrollView.ContentInsetAdjustmentBehavior.never, in which case the UIRefreshControl instance will modify the contentInset directly as it did in previous releases. (35866834)

  • If you implement self-sizing cells in a UITableView by overriding sizeThatFits(_:) without using Auto Layout, the height you return is interpreted as the desired height for the contentView of the cell, and UITableViewCell automatically adds any additional height needed to allow room for the cell separator. If you implement manual self-sizing this way, the cell’s contentView width is guaranteed to be accurate for you to use in manual layout calculations when sizeThatFits(_:) is called on the UITableViewCell. (39742612)

  • Trait environments, such as views and view controllers, now have their traitCollection property populated with traits during initialization. These initial traits represent a prediction of the ultimate traits that the trait environment will receive when it gets added to the hierarchy. Because the traits that are populated during initialization are just a prediction, they might differ from the traits that are received once actually in the hierarchy. Therefore, when possible you should wait to perform work that uses the traitCollection until the view, or view controller’s view, has moved into the hierarchy — meaning window returns a non-nil value — so that you don’t have to throw away any work done using the predicted traits if the actual traits are different. The best time to use the traitCollection is during layout, such as inside layoutSubviews(), viewWillLayoutSubviews(), or viewDidLayoutSubviews().

  • The traitCollectionDidChange(_:) method is only called when the value of a trait changes. Importantly, because the trait collection is now initialized to a prediction of the ultimate traits in the destination hierarchy, when the initial predicted traits match the ultimate traits in the hierarchy, traitCollectionDidChange(_:) will not be called when the trait environment is added to the hierarchy. Because traitCollectionDidChange(_:) is intended to be an invalidation callback to notify you that one or more traits changed, audit your existing implementations of this method, as well as the UIContentContainer method willTransition(to:with:), for places where you might have been relying on it to trigger initial setup. The best place to lazily perform work that uses the traitCollection is inside one of the layoutSubviews methods discussed above, but remember that these layout methods are called any time layout occurs so be sure to avoid repeating work when you don’t need to. (46818941)

  • You can now enable debug logging to easily see when traitCollectionDidChange(_:) or willTransition(to:with:) is called on your own classes. Turn on the logging by using the following launch argument: -UITraitCollectionChangeLoggingEnabled YES. You might want to temporarily disable the Main Thread Checker while using this launch argument and running your app from Xcode to avoid extra log messages for unrelated classes. (47858564)

  • The UITableViewCell class’s contentView property is always laid out edge-to-edge with adjacent accessories, both on the leading and the trailing side. This streamlines the layout code so developers who want the correct default offset no longer have to align their content with the content view border or the layout margin depending on whether there is an accessory on the trailing side or not. You should now always lay out their code on the layout margins of the cell’s content view to get the default system insets. These insets will be adjusted automatically based on the accessories visible in the cell to match the system’s default spacing. (48214114)

  • You can now invoke a custom initializer from a creation block that’s passed through instantiateInitialViewController(creator:) or instantiateViewController(identifier:creator:). This makes it possible for you to initialize view controllers with additional context and arguments, while taking advantage of defining them in a storyboard through Interface Builder. A custom controller initializer must call its super.init(coder:) method and pass the coder argument that it receives through the creation block. (48313869)

Known Issues

  • Prior to iOS 13, UITextField assumed that the frames of its leftView and rightView were correctly set when assigned and would never change. Starting in iOS 13, the implementation of leftViewRect(forBounds:) and rightViewRect(forBounds:) now ask the view for its systemLayoutSizeFitting(_:). To achieve the previous behavior when linking against and running on iOS 13, add explicit sizing constraints on the view, wrap it in a plain UIView, or subclass the view and implement systemLayoutSizeFitting(_:). (51787798)

  • Specifying UIWindowScene.DestructionRequestOptions in Swift is currently unavailable. (51036709)

Voice Control

Known Issues

  • After you enable Voice Control for the first time, resources begin downloading in the background. Once the download completes, you will receive a notification that Voice Control is ready for use. (50788121)

Voice Memos

Resolved Issues

  • Voice Memos synced from iCloud play correctly. (51492047)


Known Issues

  • Complications might disappear from Apple Watch after updating to iOS 13 beta if your watch isn't running watchOS 6 beta. (50507942)

Resolved Issues

  • Settings appear properly in the Apple Watch app if you’ve recently reinstalled a built-in app. (51689111)


New Features

Known Issues

  • Donated shortcuts might not appear in Search while using the simulator. (50832782)

    Workaround: Test on a device with Settings > Developer > Display Recent Shortcuts enabled.

  • Changing the volume level in Simulator while a video is playing in Safari mutes the audio. (51207286)

Resolved Issues

  • Calls to SKProductsRequest no longer fail in Simulator. (50875951)

  • Swift interfaces for several new URLSession APIs are now available. (50517967)

  • Dark Mode is available in Simulator (50699968)

  • When running your app from Xcode, you no longer see console errors about UIKit classes that override the traitCollection getter. (51651561)