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iPadOS 14.4 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Apple’s iPadOS 14.4 update squashes several bugs, but issues are present in the latest version of iPadOS 14.

iPadOS 14.4 is a milestone upgrade and it includes new features and bug fixes for problems for lingering issues with the operating system.

A lot of the feedback about iPadOS 14.4’s performance is good, but we’re also hearing about issues impacting the firmware. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iPadOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0, and iPadOS 13.

In this guide to iPadOS 14 problems we’ll take you through the current state of the software. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iPadOS 14 problems and provide you with some resources that could help if you do happen to run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iPadOS 14 downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iPadOS 14 down the road.

iPadOS 14.4 Problems

iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues including some that popup every time Apple releases new software.

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The current list of iPadOS 14.4 problems includes download and installation problems, UI lag, crashes, various issues with Contacts, issues with first and third-party apps, problems installing Fitness+, issues with Widgets, Face ID problems, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

We’ve also heard about severe battery drain issues impacting owners of older iPad models like the 2018 iPad Pro. These issues are fairly widespread it seems.

If you haven’t downloaded iPadOS 14.4 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 iPadOS 14.4 Reviews

If you’re currently running iPadOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0, or iPadOS 13, and you’re feeling leery about the move to iPadOS 14.4, you’ll want to dig into feedback from those who have made the move to the software.

If your iPad is now running iPadOS 14.4, you might want to monitor feedback about the update’s performance from other iPad users.

We also recommend digging around on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the update’s performance.

We’ve also released our list of reasons to, and not to, make the jump to iPadOS 14.4 right now.

How to Fix iPadOS 14.4 Problems

Before you get in touch with Apple, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software 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. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, 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 if it’s open.

iPadOS 14.4 Downgrade Options

If you can’t stand iPadOS 14.4’s performance on your iPad, note that you can no longer downgrade your device’s software to iPadOS 14.3.

Apple has stopped signing on iPadOS 14.3 which means you can’t bring your device’s software back in an effort to improve its performance.

The company has also stopped signing on iPadOS 14.2, iPadOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0, and iPadOS 13 which means there’s no way back to those versions of iPadOS either.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iPadOS 14.4, or an older version of iPadOS, help is on the way.

The company’s confirmed iPadOS 14.5 and the software is currently in beta testing ahead of an official release later this year. If your problems can’t wait for the official release, you can download the beta onto your iPad.

iPadOS 14.5 is a milestone upgrade which means it will carry new features, bug fixes, and security patches on board.

For more on iPadOS 14.5 and the beta, check out our guide.

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Install iPadOS 14.4 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14.4 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.4 right now. 

iPadOS 14.4 has important security updates on board and these patches will help protect your device from harm. For more information about these patches head to Apple's website.

If you skipped iPadOS 14.3, you'll get its 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 14.2, you'll get its 24 security patches with your upgrade to iPadOS 14.4. You can learn more about those patches on Apple's security website

If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.4 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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