In late August Apple pushed the iPadOS 13.7 update into beta testing. iPadOS updates typically stay in beta testing for several weeks before they are released to the general public.
Signs pointed to a faster-than-normal release and sure enough, Apple pulled the iPadOS 13.7 update from beta after a week in testing.
iPadOS 13.7 is a milestone upgrade (x.x), but it’s much smaller than your average milestone release. It carries under-the-hood improvements, but it’s a short list.
With all of that in mind, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the latest update for the iPad and iPadOS 13. iPadOS 13.7 will likely be one of the last upgrades to iPadOS 13.
In this guide to iPadOS 13.7 we’ll take you through the update’s performance, the current list of iPadOS 13.7 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iPadOS 13.7 jailbreak status, and more.
We’ll start with our impressions of iPadOS 13.7 update’s performance on iPad.
iPadOS 13.7 Reviews
If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 13.6.1, you’ll see a fairly small download.
If your tablet is running an older version of iPadOS 13, your update will be larger. That’s because the features and fixes from the update(s) you skipped are baked into your iPadOS 13.7 firmware.
If your iPad is running iPadOS 13.6.1, the installation should take around 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on one of our iPad Pros.
For more on the iPadOS 13.7 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the iPadOS 13.7 update on the iPad Pro for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned thus far:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working fine.
- GPS and cellular data are stable.
- Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working just fine right now.
- First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also stable.
- iPadOS 13.7 feels as fast as iPadOS 13.6.1.
If you’re dealing with problems on iPadOS 13.6.1 or an older version of iPadOS 13, you might want to install the iPadOS 13.7 update on your tablet right now.
If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 13.7.
iPadOS 13.7 Problems
iPad users are already running into problems with the new firmware.
The current list of problems includes installation issues, weird battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.
If you encounter a problem on your tablet, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and some tips that should help you improve battery life.
If you can’t handle the iPadOS 13.7 update’s performance on your iPad note that you can no longer downgrade its software in an attempt to improve performance. Apple has stopped signing on iPadOS 13.6.1.
You can’t move your device’s software back to anything older than iPadOS 13.6.1 either. So those of you jumping up from iPadOS 13.6.1 and below need to approach iPadOS 13.7 with caution.
Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
- 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color
- A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine
- 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
- 7MP TrueDepth front camera
- Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
iPadOS 13.7 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates always bring new features and under-the-hood improvements but, again, iPadOS 13.7 isn’t a typical release.
While iOS 13.7 brings new COVID-19 Exposure Notifications to iPhone, iPadOS doesn’t support Exposure Notification. That means iPadOS 13.7’s changes are limited to unnamed bug fixes.
Apple says the iPadOS 13.7 update has no published CVE entries (security patches).
iPadOS 13.7 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 13.7 update for now. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iPadOS 13 or iOS 12.
We’ll let you know if that changes.
iPadOS 13.7 represents the last known version of iPadOS 13 and there’s a chance it serves as the final update for the operating system.
Apple’s working on iPadOS 14, a new operating system that is headed to all iPadOS 13-powered iPad models later this year.
iPadOS 14 is currently in beta which means you can give it a try on your iPad right now if you really want to try new features or you really want to move your tablet off of iPadOS 13.
For more on iPadOS 14, please take a look at our guide.
Install iPadOS 14.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.6 right now.
iPadOS 14.6 brings 50+ security patches to the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air. You can learn all about these changes right here.
If you missed iPadOS 14.5.1, you'll get its security patches with your update. Both of them are related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, check Apple's website for more details.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5, you'll get its security patches with your upgrade. You can read more about the changes over on Apple's website.
iPadOS 14.5 also brought Apple's new App Tracking Transparency which lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies' apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.4.2 you get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about the change over on Apple's website.
If you missed iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2 and iPadOS 14.4.1, you'll get iPadOS 14.4.1's security patch with your update. You can read more about the patch on Apple's security site.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4, you get iPadOS 14.4's patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about iPadOS 14.4's security patches right here.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4, and iPadOS 14.3, you'll get iPadOS 14.3's patches with your upgrade.
iPadOS 14.3 also included a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.3, and iPadOS 14.2, you'll get iPadOS 14.2's 24 security patches with your upgrade. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.6 will also include iPadOS 14.0's security updates.
iPadOS 14.0 brought 11 new security patches to iPad models. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.
In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari.
For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.
Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app.
You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here.
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