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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 15.1 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 15.1 update for iPad and the software is in beta testing ahead of its official release for the iPadiPad ProiPad Air, and iPad mini

The company recently released iPadOS 15 and it has already confirmed the first big update for the new operating system. iPadOS 15.1 is a milestone upgrade which means it will bring new features, bug fixes, and security patches to iPad users.

We don’t have an official iPadOS 15.1 release date yet, but iPad users who don’t want to wait can try a pre-release version of the software right now.

With iPadOS 15.1 in the works, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the first major update to iPadOS 15.

In this guide we’ll tell you about the update’s changes, provide you with info about the iPadOS 15.1 release date and release time, tell you about the iPadOS 15.1 beta, and more.

iPadOS 15.1 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 15.1 release you don’t have to.

Apple’s pushed the iPadOS 15.1 beta to developers. It will also push the beta software to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program.

A developer account requires you to pay Apple money while the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID and a compatible device. Most people should install the public iPadOS 15.1 beta.

Before you download the iPadOS 15.1 beta onto your iPad you’ll want to recall that pre-release software is typically plagued with bugs and performance issues.

These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your iPad’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes beta software a less than ideal daily driver.

You should be able to fix some 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 iPadOS 15.1 release.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 15.0.2. The downgrade path to older iPadOS updates is closed.

Apple is currently on its final version of the iPadOS 15.1 beta.

iPadOS 15.1 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed the precise iPadOS 15.1 release date, but iPadOS 15.1 will launch alongside iOS 15.1 and macOS Monterey sometime during the week of October 25th. We expect it to roll out on October 25th or October 26th.

For more on the release date, check out our guide.

iPadOS 15.1 Release Time

We don’t have an official iPadOS 15.1 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on the day it selects.

The official version of iPadOS 15.1 will most likely 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 a few minutes after 10AM.

Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 15.1 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 15.1 right away.

iPadOS 15.1 Features

Apple’s milestone updates almost always bring new features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements to iPad users and that’s what you can expect from iPadOS 15.1.

Developers are digging through the iPadOS 15.1 beta and they’ve found several changes already. Among them, SharePlay. SharePlay is a feature Apple dropped during the iPadOS 15 beta due to problems.

You can also Apple TV keyboard notifications on iPadOS 15.1.

iPadOS 15.1 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, avoid the iPadOS 15.1 beta.

We don’t expect developers to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 15.1 beta. They haven’t released one for the official version of iPadOS 15 yet and that release may not come for awhile.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

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Install iOS 15 for Better Security

Install iOS 15 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 15 update right away.

iOS 15 brings numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address and the company's added a new App Privacy report that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information. 

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