Apple’s iPadOS 13.1.2 update is tiny point release, but it could have a huge impact on your tablet’s performance. While some of you should install the new firmware right now, some iPad users are better off staying put on iPadOS 13.1, iPadOS 13.1.1, or iOS 12. At least for now.
The iPadOS 13.1.2 update is another maintenance upgrade and it’s compatible with all iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro models capable of running Apple’s new operating system.
Apple’s latest update doesn’t come with any new features for the iPad, but it does bring some important bug fixes to its fleet of slates.
The iPadOS 13.1.2 update requires a very small download. It’s around 90MB for iPadOS users moving their device from iPadOS 13.1.1.
With that said, the update will be bigger for those of you moving up from older versions of iOS. That’s because the features and enhancements from the updates you skipped are baked into your iPadOS 13.1.2 update.
Those of you dealing with issues on earlier versions of iPadOS or iOS could see a huge turnaround after installing the iPadOS 13.1.2 update. There’s also a chance you run into bugs or performance issues. We’re seeing and hearing complaints about the firmware as we push away from its release.
Apple’s next batch of bug fixes could be several weeks away so those of you on the fence, particularly those on older software, need to approach iPadOS 13.1.2 with extreme caution.
If you’re currently thinking about making a move to iPadOS 13.1.2, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iPadOS 13.1.1, iPadOS 13.1, or iOS 12 a little while longer.
Install iPadOS 13.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iPadOS 13.1.2 update right away.
The iPadOS 13.1.2 update doesn't have any new security patches on board, but if you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get the patches from the updates you skipped.
If you missed iPadOS 13.1.1, it brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iPadOS 13.1, you get another patch with your iPadOS 13.1.2 update. You can learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iPadOS 13.1.2 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPad line. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
The operating system will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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