Apple’s released an iPadOS 13.1.1 update for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air and the maintenance release could impact your tablet’s performance.
iPadOS 13.1.1 is the first maintenance update for its new operating system and it brings some important bug fixes and security patches to iPad models.
If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 13.1, your iPadOS 13.1.1 update requires a small download. You also get the least amount of changes.
On the other hand, if your tablet is currently running iOS 12.4.1 or something older, your update will be far more substantial. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your upgrade.
With all of that in mind, we want to walk you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPadOS 13.1.1 update for iPad.
Our guide goes over the iPadOS 13.1.1 update’s performance, iPadOS 13.1.1 problems, places to look for feedback about iPadOS 13.1.1’s performance, the iPadOS 13.1.1 jailbreak, and more.
We’ll start with our quick impressions of iPadOS 13.1.1’s performance.
iPadOS 13.1.1 Reviews
The iPadOS 13.1.1 update is much smaller than iPadOS 13.1.
If you’re moving your iPad from iPadOS 13.1, you’re looking at a 100MB download. The iPadOS 13.1.1 update is a 96MB download for the iPad Pro.
If you’re currently running iOS 12 or iPadOS 13.1, you’ll see a larger download size because your iPadOS 13.1.1 update brings the features and fixes from updates you skipped.
If you’re already on iPadOS 13.1, the iPadOS 13.1.1 installation could take less than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on an iPad Pro.
For more on the iPadOS 13.1 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iPadOS 13.1.1 update on the iPad Pro and iPad Air for a short time and here’s what we’ve found:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable.
- Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are all working.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also working fine.
- iPadOS 13.1.1 feels as fast as iPadOS 13.1 and iOS 12.
If you’re struggling with bugs or performance issues on iPadOS 13.1 or another version, you might want to install iPadOS 13.1.1 right away.
iPadOS 13.1.1 Problems
iPadOS 13.1.1 fixes some of the initial issues with the new operating system, but it’s also causing problems for some iPad users. Some of the problems are new, others have carried over from iPadOS 13.1 and iOS 12.
The current list of iPadOS 13.1.1 problems includes installation issues, UI lag, random reboots, issues with third-party apps, issues with Face ID, and Exchange problems.
If you can’t handle the iPadOS 13.1.1’s performance on your tablet, you can try going back to older firmware.
Apple is signing on iPadOS 13.1 and iOS 12.4.1 which means you can use a loophole to downgrade your device. These options will only be available for a short time as Apple will stop signing on the updates and will do so without warning.
Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 12.4.1. Apple’s closed up the downgrade path to older versions of iOS 12.
iPadOS 13.1.1 Update: What’s New
The iPadOS 13.1.1 update doesn’t bring any new features. Instead, the software brings a small collection of bug fixes and security enhancements.
iPadOS 13.1.1 also brings the following changes:
- Fixes issues that could prevent iPad restoring from backup.
- Addresses an issue that could cause battery to drain more quickly.
- Resolves a problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off.
- Addresses an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly.
- Fixes a security issue for third-party keyboard apps.
If you are dealing with any of these issues, you should install the update right now.
iPadOS 13 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your iPad, make sure you avoid iPadOS 13.1.1. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running iOS 12.
Jailbreak developers have teased new jailbreak tools, but we probably won’t get a tool that’s compatible with iPadOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13.1.1 anytime soon.
Apple hasn’t confirmed the next version of iPadOS 13, but we should get a new beta soon.
To celebrate World Emoji Day, Apple previewed the emoji characters coming to compatible iPad models this fall.
The Unicode 12 update includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, waffle, falafel, butter and garlic, new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk, and a whole lot more.
We expect Apple to bring them to iPads in an x.x milestone software update, probably iPadOS 13.2, before the end of the year.
Keep an eye out for the iPadOS 13.2 beta as we push into October.
Backup Your Data
Backing up your iPad's data might be the most important step to take before installing iPadOS 13.3.
Data loss issues are pretty rare these days, but there's always a chance something gets fouled up during the transition process so you'll want to play it safe.
A lot of you probably know how to backup your data, but if you don't know where to start, we've got a few guides that will help.
If you don't want to use iCloud, we have a guide that will take you through the backup process using iTunes. If you're running macOS Catalina, you'll need to use Finder, not iTunes.
If you have a lot of data on your iPad, this process could take awhile so you'll want to remain patient.
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