iPadOS 14.3 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS 14 which means it will bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Apple’s iPad lineup.
There’s a chance iPadOS 14.3 serves as iPadOS 14.2’s successor, but we could see another version of iPadOS 14 arrive before it.
iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.3 release don’t have to. iPad users can download an early version of the software via Apple’s beta programs.
With iPadOS 14.3 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next big upgrade to iPadOS 14 and iPad.
In our guide to iPadOS 14.3 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.3 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 14.3 beta, and more.
iPadOS 14.3 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official release you don’t have to.
Apple’s pushed the iPadOS 14.3 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID and most people should install the public iPadOS 14.3 beta.
Before you download the iPadOS 14.3 beta on 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.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 14.2. The downgrade path to other updates is closed.
Apple is currently on iPadOS 14.3 beta 2.
iPadOS 14.3 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iPadOS 14.3 release date for iPad.
We’ve heard Apple’s planning to release iOS 14.3/iPadOS 14.3 before the end of the year so there’s a good chance it rolls out sometime next month.
Apple’s confirmed plans to enable 5G in dual SIM mode on the iPhone 12 series in a software update later on this year. It didn’t call the software update out by name, but a release on board iOS 14.3 seems likely. iPadOS 14.3 will roll out alongside iOS 14.3.
The company also promised to launch its new Fitness+ service before the end of the year and it looks like it will arrive alongside iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2.
We’ll let you know when we learn more.
iPadOS 14.3 Release Time
We don’t have an official iPadOS 14.3 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.
The official version of iPadOS 14.3 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 14.3 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 14.3 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 14.3 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 14.3, right away.
iPadOS 14.3 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you can expect from iPadOS 14.3.
Developers digging through the iPadOS 14.3 beta have discovered several changes including a change to the iPad’s setup process. After the release of iPadOS 14.3, Apple will suggest third-party apps to users when they’re setting up new devices.
Apple says that air-quality health recommendations on iPadOS 14.3 are now provided at specific air-quality levels for the United States. iPad users can also set Ecosia as the default search engine on their device.
iPadOS 14.3 also adds support for Sony’s new PlayStation DualSense Wireless Controller for the PlayStation 5. There’s also support for Amazon’s Luna controller.
Apple could add, or subtract, from the iPadOS 14.3 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.
iOS 14 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 14.3 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iPadOS 14.
We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 14.3 beta.
Install iPadOS 14.2 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.1 right now.
iPadOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website.
If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.2 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.
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