Don't Install iPadOS 14.8.1 If You Haven't Prepared
If you haven't prepared for the move to iPadOS 14.8.1 you'll want to hold off until you've had time to do so.
It's difficult to predict how your iPad will handle the move from your current version of iPadOS to iPadOS 14.8.1 and that's precisely why you should spend some time preparing for the move.
If you don't know where to start, we've put together a guide that will walk you through the pre-installation process we use before we install new iPadOS firmware on our devices.
If you don't have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you'll want to make sure your data is completely backed before you take the plunge.