iPadOS 14.4 is another 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.
iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.4 release don’t have to. iPad users can download an early version of the software via Apple’s beta program.
With iPadOS 14.4 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 14.4 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.4 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 14.4 beta, and more.
iPadOS 14.4 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.4 release you don’t have to.
Apple’s pushed the iPadOS 14.4 beta to developers. It will also push it to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.
Before you download the iPadOS 14.4 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 14.3. The downgrade path to other updates is closed.
Apple is currently on the final iPadOS 14.4 beta known as the Release Candidate (RC).
iPadOS 14.4 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iPadOS 14.4 release date for iPad. That said, you can expect it to roll out soon now that Apple’s pushed the iPadOS 14.4 Release Candidate to beta testers.
For more on the iPadOS 14.4 release date, check out our guide.
iPadOS 14.4 Release Time
We don’t have an official iPadOS 14.4 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.
The official version of iPadOS 14.4 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.
Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.4 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 the official version of iPadOS 14.4 right away.
iPadOS 14.4 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates almost always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s exactly what you can expect from iPadOS 14.4.
Thanks to the iOS 14.4 Release Candidate, we have the update’s official change log. Here’s what will be on board the final version of iOS 14.4:
- Smaller QR codes can be recognized by Camera.
- Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications.
- Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data.
- Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not appear in the keyboard.
- The keyboard may not come up in the correct language in Messages.
- Enabling Switch Control in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being answered from the Lock Screen.
It’s unclear if there are new security patches on board. We won’t know for sure until Apple releases the final version.
iPadOS 14 Jailbreak
If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 14.4 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 14.4 beta.
Install iPadOS 14.3 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.3 right now.
Apple's outlined nine new security patches on board iPadOS 14.3. These patches will help protect your device from harm.
iPadOS 14.3 also includes 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 14.2, you'll get its 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 14.3 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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