Apple’s new iPadOS 13.7 update is a minor milestone upgrade. It doesn’t have any new features on board, but it does bring bug fixes with it.
While most people should install the iPadOS 13.7 update right now or in the near future, others might want to hit pause and wait for more feedback or for the next version of iPadOS to roll out.
iPad users who have made the move to iPadOS 13.7 are complaining about bugs and a variety of performance issues. Some of the problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions.
In this guide, we’ll take you through the current state of iPadOS 13 problems. We’ll also show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iPadOS 13 problems and provide you with some resources that should help if you run into trouble.
Our walkthrough also touches on the state of the downgrade and tell you about what’s coming next.
iPadOS 13.7 Problems
iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a mix of bugs and performance issues including some that pop-up every time Apple releases new software.
The current list of iPadOS 13.7 problems includes UI lag, crashes, issues with first and third-party apps, Face ID problems, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.
Apple’s also confirmed issues with personal hotspot and the problems apparently date back to iPadOS 13.1.2. iPadOS 13.1.2 was released back in September.
According to MacRumors, Apple has told service providers to instruct people dealing with these issues to toggle Personal Hotspot off and then toggle it back on. This is a temporary fix while we wait for the company to release a permanent solution.
We expect the list to grow over the course of month as more people transition from iOS 12 to iPadOS 13 and iPadOS 13.1/iPadOS 13.1.1/iPadOS 13.1.2/iPadOS 13.1.3/iPadOS 13.2/iPadOS 13.2.2/iPadOS 13.2.3/iPadOS 13.3/iPadOS 13.3.1/iPadOS 13.4/iPadOS 13.4.1/iPadOS 13.5/iPadOS 13.5.1/iPadOS 13.6/iPadOS 13.6.1 to iPadOS 13.7.
If you haven’t downloaded iPadOS 13.7 yet, we recommend preparing yourself, and your iPad, for the move. A little prep work ahead of time could help you avoid major headaches.
We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will help you get ready for the installation.
Where to Find Feedback
If your iPad is already running iPadOS 13.7 or you’re thinking about making the move to the latest version, you’ll want to dig into feedback from those who have made the move.
You should also check out our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 13.7 right now.
How to Fix iPadOS 13 Problems
Before you get in contact with Apple, take a peek at our list of fixes for the most common problems. You might find the fix you’ve been looking for.
We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that will show you how to fix battery life problems.
- 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
If you can’t find a fix in those guides, head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. And if they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the the company’s website.
If nothing works, you’ll probably want to make an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store.
You Can’t Downgrade from iPadOS 13.7
If you can’t stand the iPadOS 13.7 update’s performance on your iPad note that you can no longer move your tablet back to an older version of iPadOS 13.
Apple has stopped signing on iPadOS 13.6.1 which means you can’t drop your device’s software back in an effort to improve performance.
The company has also stopped signing on iPadOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.2.3, iPadOS 13.2.2, iPadOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.1.3, iPadOS 13.1.2, iPadOS 13.1.1, iPadOS 13.1, iOS 12.4.1, iOS 12.4, iOS 12.3.2, iOS 12.3.1, iOS 12.3, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1,4, iOS 12.1.3, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1.1, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12.0, or iOS 11 which means there’s no way back to those versions either.
For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.
The iPadOS 13.7 update represents the last known iOS 13 upgrade and there’s a chance it’s the final update for the company’s current operating system.
The company is working on iPadOS 14 and a pre-release version of the software is out right now for all iPadOS 13-powered versions of the iPad.
Moving your iPad to the iPadOS 14 beta is another option for those of you looking to jump off iPadOS 13 due to bugs or performance issues.
For more on iPadOS 14 and the beta, take a look at our guide.
Install iPadOS 14.7.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.7.1 right now.
iPadOS 14.7.1 has one security patch on board, but it's an important one. If you want to learn more, head on over to Apple's website.
If you skipped iPadOS 14.7, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. If you want to learn more, head to Apple's website.
If you skipped, iPadOS 14.6, you'll get its patches with your upgrade. iPadOS 14.6 brought 50+ security patches to the iPad, iPad Pro, iPad mini, and iPad Air. You can learn all about those 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 14.7, iPadOS 14.6, 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 14.7, iPadOS 14.6, 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 14.7, iPadOS 14.6, 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 14.7, iPadOS 14.6, 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 14.7.1 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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