Apple’s released a new iPadOS 13.1.2 update for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air and the point release could have a significant impact on your tablet’s performance.
iPadOS 13.1.2 is the latest maintenance update for iPadOS 13 and it brings important bug fixes to iPad models capable of running the new operating system.
If your iPad is currently on iPadOS 13.1.1, your iPadOS 13.1.2 update requires a small download and you get the smallest set of changes.
If your tablet is currently running iPadOS 13.1 or something older, your update will be more substantial. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your iPadOS 13.1.2 upgrade.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPadOS 13.1.2 update.
Our guide goes over the iPadOS 13.1.2 update’s performance, iPadOS 13.1.2 problems, places to look for feedback about iPadOS 13.1.2’s performance, the iPadOS 13.1.2 jailbreak, and more.
We’ll start with our quick impressions of iPadOS 13.1.2’s performance.
iPadOS 13.1.2 Reviews
The iPadOS 13.1.2 update is tiny and requires a small download.
If you’re already on iPadOS 13.1.1, the iPadOS 13.1.2 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 13.1.2 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iPadOS 13.1.2 update on the iPad Pro and iPad Air for several days and here’s what we’ve found thus far:
- Battery life is currently 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 13.1.2 feels as fast as iPadOS 13.1.1, iPadOS 13.1, and iOS 12.
If you’re struggling with bugs or performance issues on iPadOS 13.1.1 or another version, you might want to install iPadOS 13.1.2 right away.
iPadOS 13.1.2 Problems
iPadOS 13.1.2 fixes lingering problems with Apple’s new operating system, but it’s also causing problems for some iPad users. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions.
The current list of iPadOS 13.1.2 problems includes installation issues, issues with third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, and weird battery drain.
If you can’t handle the iPadOS 13.1.2’s performance on your iPad, you’re on your own.
Apple is no longer signing on iPadOS 13.1.1, iPadOS 13.1, or iOS 12.4.1 which means you can no longer use a loophole to downgrade your device.
Unfortunately, you can’t downgrade to anything older than iOS 12.4.1 either. Apple’s closed up the downgrade path to older versions of iOS 12.
If you’re really struggling at the moment, you might try downloading Apple’s iPadOS 13.2 beta.
iPadOS 13.1.2 Update: What’s New
The iPadOS 13.1.2 update is a point upgrade which means it’s focused on under-the-hood improvements. It doesn’t bring any new features. It doesn’t have any new security patches on board either.
The update brings the following changes:
- Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup
- Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod
If you are dealing with one these issues, you should install the iPadOS 13.1.2 update right now.
iPadOS 13.1.2 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your iPad, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 13.1.2 update. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running iOS 12.
Jailbreak developers have teased iOS 13 jailbreak tools, but we probably won’t get a tool that’s compatible with iPadOS 13.1.2, iPadOS 13.1.1., or iPadOS 13.1 anytime soon.
Apple’s confirmed the next version of iPadOS 13 and iPadOS 13.2 is currently in beta testing ahead of a release later this year.
We don’t have the official change log yet but you can expect iPadOS 13.2 to bring a collection of new features, fixes, and enhancements to Apple’s slates.
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.
These emojis are currently in beta testing and they will arrive on board the final version of iPadOS 13.2. For more, take a look at our guide to the iPadOS 13.2 update.
Backup Your Data
Backing up your iPad's data might be the most important step to take before installing iPadOS 13.7.
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.