Apple’s iPadOS 14.6 update could have a tremendous impact on your iPad’s overall performance. And while some of you will want to install the firmware today, others are better off waiting.
The company’s released another upgrade for iPadOS 14 and iPadOS 14.6 is available to download right now if you own a compatible device. All iPadOS 14-powered iPad models can run iPadOS 14.6.
The latest version of iPadOS 14 has a short list of changes on board. iPadOS 14.6 brings new features, bug fixes, and important security patches to iPad users.
iPadOS 14.6 requires a large download if you’re jumping up from iPadOS 14.5.1. If you’re hopping up from an older version of iPadOS 14 or iPadOS 13, your download will be bigger. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your firmware.
Those of you dealing with issues on iPadOS 14.5, an older version of iPadOS 14, or iPadOS 13 could see a huge turnaround after the move to iPadOS 14.6. That being said, we’re also hearing about bugs and performance problems plaguing the software.
If you run into issues on iPadOS 14.6, you can try downgrading your iPad’s software back to iPadOS 14.5.1 in an effort to improve its performance. That said, you can’t downgrade to older iPadOS firmware.
This means those of you having a great experience on iPadOS 14.5 and below need to approach iPadOS 14.6 with caution. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
If you’re currently debating a move to iPadOS 14.6, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iPadOS 14.5.1, or whatever version of iPadOS your device is currently running, for a little bit longer.
Install iPadOS 14.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.6 right now.
iPadOS 14.6 brings 50+ security patches to the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air. You can learn all about these changes right here.
If you missed iPadOS 14.5.1, you'll get its security patches with your update. Both of them are related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, check Apple's website for more details.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about the changes over on Apple's website.
iPadOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.4.2 you get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2 and iPadOS 14.4.1, you'll get iPadOS 14.4.1's security patch with your update. You can read more about the patch on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4, you get iPadOS 14.4's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iPadOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4, and iPadOS 14.3, you'll get iPadOS 14.3's patches with your upgrade.
iPadOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.3, and iPadOS 14.2, you'll get iPadOS 14.2's 24 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.6 will also include iPadOS 14.0's security updates.
iPadOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to iPad models. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.
In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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