Apple confirmed a new upgrade for the iPad on stage during the WWDC only it wasn’t iOS 13. Instead of iOS 13, Apple’s tablets will get iPadOS, a new operating system that’s tailor-made for tablets. It’s similar to iOS 13, but it comes with some features that are exclusive to the iPad line.
The iPadOS 13 beta is available right now via Apple’s developer program which requires a yearly membership fee. It’s also available, for free, through the Beta Software Program. Most people should install the public iPadOS 13 beta.
Trying the iPadOS 13 update right now is extremely tempting. It comes with Dark Mode, performance enhancements, upgrades to several first-party apps, and a whole lot more.
While it’s exciting to try new features and test performance ahead of time, a lot of people are better off avoiding the beta.
This is pre-release software and the latest iPadOS 13 beta is plagued by bugs and performance issues that could have a major impact on your day-to-day use. We expect the list of problems to grow as more people download the newest beta.
If you download the iPadOS 13 beta and can’t handle the problems, you can downgrade to iOS 12. However, your options are limited.
Apple’s currently signing on iOS 12.4, but it has stopped signing on iOS 12.3.1 and older versions of iOS 12. So if you move from iOS 12.3.1, or older, to iPadOS 13 beta, there’s no going back.
If you’re currently on the fence about trying the beta, we’ll walk you through the best reasons to give it a shot and the best reasons to stay put on whatever it is you’re currently running on your iPad.
Download the iPadOS 13 Beta to Help Apple
If you download the iPadOS 13 beta you can help Apple improve the software before it's released to millions of iPad users later this year.
If you're tired of using buggy software or you're sick of hearing complaints from friends, family members, and co-workers, think about trying the beta.
After installing the beta you'll need to report whatever you see to Apple via its bug reporting tools. This way, company engineers can get to work on a fix ahead of the update's release this fall.
Your testing could help Apple squash an annoying bug or a nasty performance issue.
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