Apple releases iOS 13.1 beta, outing this unique iPhone 11 feature

Apple releases iOS 13.1 beta, outing this unique iPhone 11 feature
For some reason, a few weeks before it releases the iPhone 11 and iOS 13 officially, and with iPhone XR/XS waiting on the update, Apple outed an iOS 13.1 beta in its  software developers channel.

The changelog in the  explains it all, though - it has features that were removed in the latest iOS 13 betas. These include but are not limited to the Share ETA in Maps option, as well as Shortcut Automation.

The idea is to probably release iOS 13 together with the 2019 iPhones, and immediately follow up with the bug fixes and the features that made the cut in iOS 13.1 shortly thereafter. Among numerous other smallish fixes and options in the 13.1 beta, one has caught a particular developer attention.

We are talking about support for encoding HEVC videos with alpha channels - that editspeak means that footage can be taken with transparent or straight out invisible backgrounds that would allow real-time editing on the fly. 

Apple acquired a company that was developing exactly such a feature - Spektral - and is now leveraging the acquisition by folding the option into iOS 13 itself. Here's what Spektral says about its technology:

This will most likely result in the rumored real-time editing of videos that you stream on the fly, adding pictures, effects and backgrounds to live video, as you can see in the promo video below. This is what the new iPhones will probably be capable of, what with the new A13 chipsets, and Spektral's technology.

Related phones

iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh



1. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Apple makes some of the best professional devices. Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, iPad Pro and iPhone itself. There’s a reason why most pro developers and editors prefer apple over other brands.

3. Vancetastic

Posts: 1567; Member since: May 17, 2017

This paid comment was brought to you by iSheep International.

10. Whitedot

Posts: 831; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

How much apple juice did you have before posting this comment? Out of curiosity.

11. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

well he's right.

12. tuminatr

Posts: 1143; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

it depends, I have had some extensive conversations with my uncle who owns a large graphics art business he says windows vs mac argument is over they are essentially capable of the same thing. He did say the layout and software commands are different so its what you get used to.

2. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

even in the presentation it doesn't look good but it's still something new and interesting.

6. midan

Posts: 3003; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If It’s going to work this well, it’s going to be very popular feature among social media users. Another stand out feature from the iPhone

8. Alcyone

Posts: 487; Member since: May 10, 2018

A new feature worthy of a $100 dollar price hike.

9. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

This is awesome. I know A13 can handle that.

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