The iPadOS 13.4 update is a milestone release and it could have a huge impact on your tablet’s performance. While some of you should install the update right now, some iPad users might be better off staying put on older versions of iPadOS 13 for the time being.
The iPadOS 13.4 update is another huge release for iPadOS 13 and it’s compatible with all iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro models capable of running iPadOS 13.
Unlike the previous version of iPadOS 13, the iPadOS 13.4 update comes with a lengthy change log that’s comprised of new features, enhancements, patches, and bug fixes.
It’s a big update and as such it requires a large download if you’re moving up from iPadOS 13.3.1. iPadOS 13.4 will be even larger for those of you moving up from older versions of iPadOS. That’s because the features and enhancements from the updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.
Those of you dealing with issues on previous versions of iPadOS 13 could see a huge turnaround after installing the iPadOS 13.4 update.
Of course, there’s also a chance you run into bugs or performance issues. We’re seeing complaints about the firmware as we push away from its release.
If you run into trouble you can try downgrading to iPadOS 13.3.1, but you can’t move back to anything older than that. So if your device is running older software you’ll want to approach iPadOS 13.4 with caution.
If you’re currently thinking about making a move to iPadOS 13.4, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on whatever version of iPadOS 13 your iPad is currently running for a little while longer.
Install iPadOS 13.4 for Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to install iPadOS 13.4 in the near future.
iPadOS 13.4 brings 28 new security patches with it and you can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iPadOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
If you're currently running a much older version of iPadOS 13 on your tablet, you'll probably want to update your iPad right now.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3.1 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. The iPadOS 13.3.1 had 21 new security patches on board. If you want to dig into the specifics, you can do so right here.
If you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get additional security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 13.4.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3, you get its 12 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iPadOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iPadOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about them on Apple's security website.
If you missed iPadOS 13.1.1, you get a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about the patch on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iPadOS 13.1, you get another patch with your iPadOS 13.4 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 13.4 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, iPadOS 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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