Apple’s iPadOS 14.4 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 a few more hours, days, or in some cases, longer.
The company’s released the fourth milestone upgrade for iPadOS 14 and it’s available to download right now if you own a compatible device. All iPadOS 14-powered iPad models can run iPadOS 14.4.
The latest version of iPadOS 14 has a fairly short list of changes on board. It includes a couple of new features, security patches, and fixes for lingering issues on board the operating system.
iPadOS 14.4 requires a fairly large download if you’re jumping up from iPadOS 14.3. If you’re hopping up from an older version of iPadOS 14 or iPadOS 13, your download will be even larger. 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 14.3, iPadOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0, or iPadOS 13 could see a huge turnaround after the move to iPadOS 14.4. That being said, we’re also hearing about bugs and performance problems plaguing the iPadOS 14.4 update.
If you run into an issue on iPadOS 14.4, note that you can’t downgrade your iPad’s software back to iPadOS 14.3 in an effort to improve its performance. You can’t downgrade to older iPadOS firmware either.
This means those of you having a great experience on iPadOS 14.3 and below need to approach iPadOS 14.4 with caution. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
If you’re currently debating a move to iPadOS 14.4, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iPadOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0, or iPadOS 13 for a little bit longer.
Install iPadOS 14.4 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.4 right now.
iPadOS 14.4 has important security updates on board and these patches will help protect your device from harm. For more information about these patches head to Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.3, you'll get its 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 14.2, you'll get its 24 security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 14.4. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.4 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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