The iPadOS 13.3 update for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini is official and the firmware is currently in beta testing.
iPadOS 13.3 will serve as the company’s third milestone upgrade for iPadOS and that means it will bring more than just bug fixes and security patches with it. Apple’s milestone (x.x) upgrades always bring new features with them and iPadOS 13.3 won’t stray from the norm.
We don’t have an official iPadOS 13.3 release date yet and it could take weeks for Apple to push the firmware out. That said, iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official release don’t have to. The iPadOS 13.3 update is available to try right now.
Now that iPadOS 13.3 is confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s next big update for the iPadOS 13 operating system.
In this guide to iPadOS 13.3 we’ll take you through iPadOS 13.3’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 13.3 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 13.3 beta, and more.
iPadOS 13.3 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 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 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.
Apple is currently on iPadOS 13.3 beta 2.
iPadOS 13.3 Release Date
Apple hasn’t announced an official iPadOS 13.3 release date, but there’s a good chance it arrives alongside iOS 13.3 before the end of the year.
Look for iPadOS 13.3 to stay in beta testing for a few weeks while Apple and its army of beta testers poke and prod the software for issues.
iPadOS 13.3 Release Time
The iPadOS 13.3 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 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 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 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 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 13.3, right away.
iPadOS 13.3 Update: What’s New
Developers are currently poking through the iPadOS 13.3 and iOS 13.3 betas and have found a few changes on board the first betas.
The betas include a new feature called Communication Limits for Screen Time. This will allow parents to control who their children are able to contact via apps like FaceTime, Phone, and Messages.
It also features a new option that lets you remove Memoji and Animoji stickers from the emoji keyboard.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the iPadOS 13.3 change log during testing so keep an eye out for changes as the update makes progress.
iPadOS 13.3 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak your device, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 13.3 beta 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 don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 13.3 beta. They almost never burn their exploits on beta software.
For more on the iOS 12 jailbreak, check out our guide.
Install iPadOS 13.2.3 for Better Security
iPadOS 13.2.3 doesn't come with any patches of its own, but if you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get security patches with your upgrade.
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 its security patch with your upgrade to iPadOS 13.2.3. iPadOS 13.1.1 brought 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 13.2.3 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 13.2.2 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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