Apple’s pushed an iPadOS 13.2.3 update for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini and the new firmware comes with a small collection of bug fixes for lingering issues.
The company’s latest iPadOS 13 update is yet another maintenance release for iPad. It brings new bug fixes, but it doesn’t have any new features or security patches on board.
If your iPad is running on the company’s iPadOS 13.2.2 you’ll see the smallest download size and the shortest list of changes.
If your tablet is currently running iPadOS 13.2 or an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 13.2.3 update will be more substantial. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you missed are included in your version of iPadOS 13.2.3.
With all of that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about Apple’s iPadOS 13.2.3 update.
This guide goes over the iPadOS 13.2.3 update’s performance, the current state of iPadOS 13.2.3 problems, places to look for feedback about iPadOS 13.2.3’s performance, the iPadOS 13 jailbreak, and more.
We’ll start with our quick impressions of iPadOS 13.2.3’s performance.
iPadOS 13.2.3 Reviews
If you’re currently on iPadOS 13.2.2 you’re looking at a 80+MB download. The iPadOS 13.2.3 update is around 84MB download for older iPad Pro models.
If you’re on iPadOS 13.2.2, the iPadOS 13.2.3 installation should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on one of our iPad Pros.
For more on the iPadOS 13.2.3 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iPadOS 13.2.3 update on the iPad Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve found so far:
- Battery life is currently stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- GPS and cellular data are both stable right now.
- Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working normally.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are stable.
- iPadOS 13.2.3 feels as fast as iPadOS 13.2.2 and iPadOS 13.2..
If you’re dealing with bugs or performance issues on iPadOS 13.2.3 or another version, you might want to install iPadOS 13.2.3 update on your iPad right now.
If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 13.2.3 on your iPad today.
iPadOS 13.2.3 Problems
The iPadOS 13.2.3 update fixes several annoying issues, but it has some issues of its own.
The current list of iPadOS 13.2.3 problems includes installation issues, connection issues, Exchange problems, abnormal battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, and UI lag.
If you encounter a problem on your tablet, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and tips that should help you improve battery life.
If you can’t handle the iPadOS 13.2.3 update’s performance on your iPad, note that you can no longer downgrade back to iPadOS 13.2.2 in an attempt to improve performance.
If you really want to move your iPad off iPadOS 13.2.3, you can try moving your tablet to the iPadOS 13.3 beta.
iPadOS 13.2.3 Update: What’s New
The iPadOS 13.2.3 update doesn’t bring any new features with it, but it does have important bug fixes on board. Here’s the update’s change log:
- Fixes an issue where system search and search within Mail, Files, and Notes might not work
- Addresses an issue where photos, links, and other attachments might not display in the Messages details view
- Fixes an issue that could prevent apps from downloading content in the background
- Resolves issues that may prevent Mail from fetching new messages, and fail to include and quote original message content in Exchange accounts
The iPadOS 13.2.3 update doesn’t have any new security patches on board.
iPadOS 13.2.3 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your iPad, make sure you avoid iPadOS 13.2.3 and iPadOS 13. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running iOS 12.
Jailbreak developers have teased new jailbreaks, but it’s unclear when we’ll get a jailbreak tool for iPadOS 13 and iPadOS 13.2.3. Keep your eyes peeled for new developments as we push toward the end of the year.
Apple’s confirmed a new version of iPadOS 13 and the iPadOS 13.3 update is currently in beta testing for the iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and iPad mini.
iPadOS 13.3 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) which means it will carry a mix of new features/enhancements, bug fixes, and security patches.
Again, if you’re really struggling on iPadOS 13.2.3 or an older version of iPadOS 13, you might want to download the iPadOS 13.3 beta. It could have a positive impact on your tablet’s performance.
If you’re interested in the iPadOS 13.3, please take a look at our guide.
Install iPadOS 13.7 for Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to install iPadOS 13.7 in the near future.
iPadOS 13.7 doesn't have any known security patches on board. That said, if you skipped iPadOS 13.6 or an older version of iPadOS, you'll get security patches with your upgrade.
The iPadOS 13.6 update brought more than 20 security patches to the iPad line. That made it an important upgrade for most users. You'll get these patches if you skipped iPadOS 13.6.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.5.1, you get its security patch with your upgrade. It's baked in.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.7 includes iPadOS 13.5's 41 security patches which you can about on the company's security site.
The list includes patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped Apple's iPadOS 13.4 release, you'll get the update's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iPadOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
If you're currently running a much older version of iPadOS 13 on your tablet, you'll probably want to update your iPad right now.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3.1 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. The iPadOS 13.3.1 had 21 new security patches on board. If you want to dig into the specifics, you can do so right here.
If you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get additional security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 13.7.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3, you get its 12 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iPadOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
If you missed iPadOS 13.2, it had 16 new security patches on board. You can read about them on Apple's security website.
If you missed iPadOS 13.1.1, you get a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about the patch on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iPadOS 13.1, you get another patch with your iPadOS 13.7 update. You can learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iPadOS 13.7 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPad line. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iPadOS 13 itself comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improved anti-tracking features in Safari and the ability to get rid of location metadata in your photos.
You also have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
The operating system will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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