The iPadOS 13.4 update squashes several issues, but problems have slipped into Apple’s latest release for iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad Pro.
Apple’s released a new version of its iPadOS 13 operating system. The iPadOS 13.4 update is a milestone upgrade and as such it includes a mix of new features, bug fixes, enhancements, and security patches.
While most people should install the iPadOS 13.4 update right now or in the near future, others might want to press pause and wait for more feedback or for the next version of iPadOS 13 to roll out.
iPad users who have made the move to iPadOS 13.4 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 from Apple.
iPadOS 13.4 Problems
iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a mix of bugs and performance issues including some that popup every time Apple releases a new version of its software.
The current list of iPadOS 13.4 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 13.4 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 to iPadOS 13.4.
If you haven’t downloaded iPadOS 13.4 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 13.4 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 13.4 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.
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 Downgrade from iPadOS 13.4
If you can’t stand the iPadOS 13.4 update’s performance on your iPad, note that you can downgrade to an older version of iPadOS 13 in an effort to improve its performance.
Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.3.1 which means you can move back to it if the going gets tough on iPadOS 13.4. Apple will only sign on the update for a limited time so if you want to move you’ll need to do so sooner rather than later.
The company has stopped signing on 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.
For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.
iPadOS 13.4 might be followed by iPadOS 13.4.5.
Apple’s pushed iPadOS 13.4.5, a point upgrade, into beta testing ahead of an unknown release date. The update will likely carry bug fixes and security patches.
We don’t have a release date to look forward to, but odds are good the software rolls out in April or early May after its stint in testing.
For more on iPadOS 13.4.5, take a look at our guide.
The company is also working on iPadOS 14 though the first beta will most likely arrive in June shortly after the conclusion of Apple’s WWDC 2020 keynote.
For more on Apple’s plans, take a look at our guide.
Install iPadOS 13.4 for Better Security
If you value your security, you'll want to install iPadOS 13.4 in the near future.
iPadOS 13.4 brings 28 new security patches with it and 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 13.4.
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 13.4 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 13.4 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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