Apple is working on a new version of iPadOS and iPadOS 14 should hit select iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro models later this year. With rumors swirling and WWDC 2020 getting closer, we want to take you through the important things to know about the update as we cruise into the summer.
A lot of iPad users are still focused on iPadOS 13 and for good reason. Apple recently trotted out a new maintenance update dubbed iPadOS 13.5.1 and the company is also working on a new iPadOS 13.6 update that should bring new features and additional under-the-hood improvements to the iPad line.
iPadOS 13.6 will likely serve as one of the last iPadOS 13 updates as the company makes way for a brand new version of iPadOS called iPadOS 14.
Apple is currently working on iOS 14 for iPhone, iPadOS 14 for iPad, and software updates for the Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
Over the past few months we’ve heard more and more about its plans for the iPad and iPadOS 14 looks like it will be a significant upgrade.
With that in mind, we want to outline a few of the basics. Our walkthrough will take you through the iPadOS 14 beta, the iPadOS 14 release date, the devices getting iPadOS 14, and the update’s rumored features.
- Fully unlocked and compatible with any carrier of choice (e.g. AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, US-Cellular, Cricket, Metro, etc.).
- The device does not come with headphones or a SIM card. It does include a charger and charging cable that may be generic, in which case it will be UL or Mfi (Made for iPhone) Certified.
- Inspected and guaranteed to have minimal cosmetic damage, which is not noticeable when the device is held at arms length.
- Successfully passed a full diagnostic test which ensures like-new functionality and removal of any prior-user personal information.
- Tested for battery health and guaranteed to have a minimum battery capacity of 80%.
iPadOS 14 Beta
Later on this month, Apple will host WWDC 2020 where it will go over the changes it has made to iPadOS. This year’s event, which kicks off on June 22nd, will feature an online format with a keynote. The keynote starts at 10AM Pacific.
The WWDC keynote is where the company will likely outline its plans for iPadOS 14 and software updates for iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. We expect the company to confirm an iPadOS 14 beta during the keynote as well.
Apple’s beta programs give developers, and anyone willing to try pre-release software, a chance to test out new features ahead of the official release. They also help the company weed out bugs and performance issues before the software pushes to millions of devices around the world.
We expect the iPadOS 14 beta to kickoff shortly after the keynote ends on June 22nd. Look for the beta to drop around Noon or 1PM Pacific.
Those enrolled in Apple’s developer program should get access to the iPadOS 14 beta shortly after the conclusion of the keynote. However, those enrolled in the company’s free Beta Software Program will likely have to wait until mid-June, or later, for the first beta to arrive. Developer betas always arrive first.
Trying the iPadOS 14 beta right away might be tempting, but if you depend on your tablet, you’ll probably want to avoid first iteration of the software. The initial releases are usually plagued by a number of bugs and performance issues.
Apple will roll out several versions of iPadOS 14 in the buildup to the official release so it might be a good idea to wait for the company to patch up some of the bigger issues before taking the plunge.
iPadOS 14 Release Date
The iPadOS 14 beta will stretch through the summer into the fall culminating with an official release sometime in the fall after another keynote address.
There’s also a chance we see the software arrive alongside new versions of the iPad.
Apple typically releases new iOS and iPadOS software in September. Things could be a little bit different this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
iPhone 12 rumors currently point to a release this fall though it looks like they might not hit shelves until October or later. And with WWDC happening a bit later this year, we could see the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 releases pushed beyond the normal release window.
iPadOS 14 should make another appearance on stage during the iPhone/iPad launch event and Apple should provide a final date for its release.
Apple software release dates typically land between the media event and the street date for the new hardware. Release dates almost always land on Friday.
We’ve heard a lot about the new iPhones, but there’s a chance we see new new iPad hardware in the fall as well. Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad Pro, a new budget iPad, a new iPad Air, and a new iPad mini.
If Apple does launch new iPads in the fall alongside the iPhone 12, you can expect them to run iPadOS 14 out of the box. And if they launch in the first half of 2021, you can expect the same though they’ll likely be running a more polished version of the software.
Will My iPad Get iPadOS 14?
Last year, Apple bumped most iOS 12-powered devices to iPadOS 13 and iOS 13. Keyword: Most. The company left the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and several iPad models on iOS 12.
Fortunately, support for those devices didn’t end there. Apple continues to roll out new versions of iOS 12 with under-the-hood improvements.
That said, support has been irregular and these devices won’t get any new features down the road. iPad models stuck on iOS 12 won’t move up to iPadOS 14, but it looks like a vast majority of iPads running iPadOS 13 will move up to iPadOS 14.
French site iPhoneSoft.fr claims iPadOS 14 will support the following devices:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini 5
- iPad Air 3
If true, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 would get left behind on iPadOS 13. The devices are powered by aging A8 and A8X processors.
iPadOS 14 Features
Most rumors have centered around iOS 14, but you can expect iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 to share a lot in common. Here’s what we’ve heard thus far.
Apple is reportedly developing an Augmented Reality app, codenamed Gobi, that will let users gather more information about the world around them. The company is apparently testing integration at Apple Stores and Starbucks.
The company’s 2020 iPad Pros come with a LIDAR scanner that will likely leverage this application to deliver new AR experiences.
Apple’s new software will reportedly bring sophisticated mouse cursor support, a new PencilKit feature that will convert handwritten text via the Apple Pencil into typed text, improvements to the Maps app, and a new fitness app that will let users download guided workout videos.
Find My app will reportedly get some upgrades including a new augmented reality mode and new location triggers including a new option to get an alert when someone doesn’t arrive at a location at a specific time of day.
The company is also reportedly working on some big additions to iCloud Keychain which are said to include password warnings and a way to save two-factor authentication passwords. This should help it compete with alternatives like LastPass and 1Password.
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We’ve also heard about a new feature called “Clips” that would allow users to interact with parts of third-party apps without needing to install them on a device. The service would require users to scan a QR code.
Also rumored are home screen widgets, new wallpaper customization options, and a new OS Recovery service which would provide users with a new way to restore their device without having to connect it to a computer.
We’ll continue to update this post with new information as it arrives. We expect to hear a lot more about Apple’s plans for iPadOS 14 in the months ahead.
Install iPadOS 13.7 for Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to install iPadOS 13.7 in the near future.
iPadOS 13.7 doesn't have any known security patches on board. That said, if you skipped iPadOS 13.6 or an older version of iPadOS, you'll get security patches with your upgrade.
The iPadOS 13.6 update brought more than 20 security patches to the iPad line. That made it an important upgrade for most users. You'll get these patches if you skipped iPadOS 13.6.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.5.1, you get its security patch with your upgrade. It's baked in.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.7 includes iPadOS 13.5's 41 security patches which you can about on the company's security site.
The list includes patches for the company's Mail app, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, FaceTime, Messages, and Notifications.
If you skipped Apple's iPadOS 13.4 release, you'll get the update's 28 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about all of them on Apple's website right here.
Reports have outlined a vulnerability in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that left billions of devices susceptible to attack.
Dubbed Kr00k, the vulnerability allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive information that's relayed over-the-air.
Fortunately, it looks like the issue was patched up with the release of iPadOS 13.2, an update that arrived all the way back in October.
If you're currently running a much older version of iPadOS 13 on your tablet, you'll probably want to update your iPad right now.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3.1 you'll get its patches with your upgrade. The iPadOS 13.3.1 had 21 new security patches on board. If you want to dig into the specifics, you can do so right here.
If you skipped a previous version of iPadOS 13, you'll get additional security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 13.7.
If you skipped iPadOS 13.3, you get its 12 security patches with your upgrade. You can read about each one over on Apple's security page.
The iPadOS 13.3 update also added support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in the Safari browser.
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 13.7 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 13.7 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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