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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 13.3.1 Update

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iPadOS 13.3.1 is official and the firmware is currently in beta for the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini

iPadOS 13.3.1 is another maintenance upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS and we expect it to bring under-the-hood improvements to the the operating system.

We don’t have an official iPadOS 13.3.1 release date yet though we suspect it’ll arrive in the near future to correct issues from the previous version of iPadOS 13 (iPadOS 13.3).

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iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official release don’t have to. The iPadOS 13.3.1 update is available to try right now via one of Apple’s developer programs.

Now that iPadOS 13.3.1 is confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next update for the iPad’s operating system.

In this guide to iPadOS 13.3.1 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 13.3.1 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 13.3.1 beta, and more.

iPadOS 13.3.1 Beta

If you can’t wait for the official release you can try an early version of the update right now.

Apple’s released the iPadOS 13.3.1 beta for developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

Before you download the iPadOS 13.3.1 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 the software 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 beta or in the official release.

Apple is currently on iPadOS 13.3.1 beta 2.

iPadOS 13.3.1 Release Date

Apple hasn’t announced an official iPadOS 13.3.1 release date, but there’s a good chance it arrives sometime in early alongside iOS 13.3.1.

Keep your eyes peeled for a release as we cruise through the month.

iPadOS 13.3.1 Release Time

The iPadOS 13.3.1 release date is an unknown at this point, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of iPadOS 13.3.1 will probably 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 after the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iPadOS 13.3.1 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 13.3.1 release time in other U.S. timezones:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM

Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 13.3.1 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 13.3.1, right away.

iPadOS 13.3.1 Update: What’s New

iPadOS 13.3.1 is a point release which means it probably won’t carry new features on board. That said, you can expect it to bring important bug fixes to your device.

We’re still digging through the beta, but you can expect iPadOS 13.3.1 to bring fixes for bugs impacting the new Screen Time features that emerged after the release of iPadOS 13.3.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the iPadOS 13.3.1 change log during testing so keep an eye out for changes as the update makes progress.

iPadOS 13 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak your device, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 13.3.1 beta.

Jailbreak developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool, but it’s currently in beta for select devices.

We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 13.3.1 beta so if you’re jailbroken, make sure you stay on iOS 12 or an official version of iPadOS 13.

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Install iPadOS 13.3 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 13.3 for Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to install iPadOS 13.3 in the near future. 

iPadOS 13.3 brings 12 new security patches to your tablet. You can read about each one over on Apple's security page

The update also adds support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.

If you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get additional security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 13.3. 

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 13.3 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 13.3 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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