Apple’s confirmed an iPadOS 13.2 update for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini and the new firmware is currently in beta testing ahead of its official release.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an iPadOS 13.1.3 update which means iPadOS 13.2 could follow in iPadOS 13.1.2’s footsteps.
The company’s latest update will be the second milestone upgrade for iPadOS and milestone upgrades always bring more than just bug fixes with them. iPadOS 13.2 will be no different.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iPadOS 13.2 release date, but iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official release don’t have to. The update is available to try right now.
Now that iPadOS 13.2 is confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next big update for the iPadOS operating system.
In this guide to the iPadOS 13.2 update we’ll take you through iPadOS 13.2’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 13.2 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 13.2 beta, and more.
iPadOS 13.2 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iPadOS 13 to roll out you don’t have to.
Apple’s released the iPadOS 13.2 beta for developers and we expect the firmware to roll out to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program sometime in the near future. The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.
Before you download the iPadOS 13.2 beta onto your tablet remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it less than ideal for a daily driver.
You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future update.
Apple is currently on iPadOS 13.2 beta 2.
iPadOS 13.2 Release Date
Apple hasn’t announced an official iPadOS 13.2 release date, but you can expect the milestone upgrade to arrive sometime before the end of 2019.
The company’s promised new emoji characters to iPhone and iPad users before the end of the year. They’re on board the latest betas so we expect iOS 13.2 to arrive at some point in October or November.
iPadOS 13.2 Release Time
The iPadOS 13.2 release date is unclear, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.
The official version of iPadOS 13.1 will most likely arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears around 10:05AM Pacific or later.
Apple will also release iPadOS 13.2 beta updates in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.
Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 13.2 release time in U.S. timezones and countries around the world:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Delhi – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 5 AM
Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new betas, or the official version of iPadOS 13, right away.
iPadOS 13.2 Update: What’s New
Apple’s milestone updates always come a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches and you shouldn’t expect anything less from iPadOS 13.2.
The company’s iOS 13.2 update includes Apple’s Deep Fusion photography system for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. If you’re unfamiliar, Deep Fusion is an image processing system that utilizes the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic chip and Neural Engine to produce better looking images. Obviously, that doesn’t mean much to iPad users.
Beta testers have also found a few other changes on board the betas. Highlights include Announce Messages with Siri, a new Research option in the Privacy portion of the Settings app, and HomeKit Grouping.
Apple’s also added 60+ new emoji characters to the iOS 13.2 beta.
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 much more.
Remember, Apple could choose to add or subtract from iPadOS 13.2 based on testing so keep an eye out for changes as we push toward the official release.
iPadOS 13 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your device, make sure you avoid the beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running iOS 12.
Jailbreak developers have teased new jailbreaks, but don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 13.2 beta. They almost never burn their exploits on beta software.
Install iOS 13.1.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 13.1.2 update right away.
iOS 13.1.2 itself doesn't have any new security patches on board, but if you skipped a previous version of iOS 13, it'll bring the patches from the updates you skipped.
If you missed iOS 13.1.1, it brought a security patch for a third-party keyboard issue to your iPhone. If you're interested in the particulars, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you passed on installing iOS 13.1, you get an additional patch with your iOS 13.1.2 update. You can learn more right here.
If you're moving up from iOS 12, you'll get iOS 13.0's nine security patches with your upgrade. Read about those here.
If you skipped iOS 12.4.1 or any older versions of iOS 12, you'll get their security patches with your iOS 13.1.2 update.
iOS 12.4.1 only had one patch on board, but Apple's iOS 12.4 brought 19 security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the specifics, you can read about them on right here.
In addition to those patches, iOS 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 now have the ability to block apps from using Bluetooth and the ability to allow apps to access your location just once.
iOS 13 will also send you reminders about applications that track your data.
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