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iPadOS 15 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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iPad users are dealing with a variety of iPadOS 15 problems as we push away from the latest software release.

Apple’s pushed a new iPadOS 15.6.1 update to iPad users. The software is compatible with iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth-generation and later, and all iPad Pro models.

The new firmware has the potential to improve your iPad’s performance. Some iPad users are noticing a big difference in performance after making the jump to the latest version of iPadOS 15.

A lot of the feedback about iPadOS 15.6.1 is good, but we’re also hearing about the issues plaguing the firmware. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from previous versions of iPadOS.

In this guide to iPadOS 15 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 15 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 downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iPadOS down the road.

iPadOS 15 Problems

iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a variety of iPadOS 15.6.1 bugs and performance issues including some that appear every time Apple releases new iPadOS software.

The current list of iPadOS 15.6.1 problems includes download and installation problems, abnormal battery drain, UI lag, crashes, issues with first and third-party apps, Face ID problems, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

We expect this list to grow as more people transition from iPadOS 14 and older versions of iPadOS 15 to the latest version of iPadOS 15.

If you haven’t downloaded the latest version of iPadOS 15 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.

iPadOS 15 Performance

If your iPad is running iPadOS 15.6 or an older version of iPadOS, and you’re feeling leery about the move to the latest version of iPadOS 15, you’ll want to dig into feedback from those who have made the move to the software.

If you’ve already upgraded your iPad to iPadOS 15.6.1, which is the most up-to-date version of iPadOS 15, you might want to monitor feedback about the update’s performance from other iPad users using the software.

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 latest iPadOS 15 update’s performance.

How to Fix iPadOS 15 Problems

Before you get in touch with Apple’s customer support, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software problems.

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.

iPadOS Downgrade

If you can’t stand iPadOS 15.6.1’s performance on your iPad, note that you can’t downgrade back to older iPadOS 15 software right now.

Apple recently signing on iPadOS 15.6 which means you can’t drop your tablet’s software back to the previous version of iPadOS 15 in an effort to improve its performance.

The company has also stopped signing on iPadOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.4.1, iPadOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.3.1, iPadOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.2.1, iPadOS 15.2, iPadOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.0.2, iPadOS 15.0.1, and iPadOS 15.0 which means you can’t bring your iPad’s software back to those versions of iPadOS 15 either.

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

What’s Next

Apple is currently working on its new iPadOS 16 operating system and it’s currently in beta testing ahead of its official release in the fall. As of right now, you can expect the final release to come sometime in October.

So, if you really want to move your iPad off of iPadOS 15, you can do so right now.

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Install iOS 15.7 for Better Security

Install iOS 15.7 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you'll want to think about installing Apple's iOS 15.7 update right away.

iOS 15.7 brings 11 security patches along with it. If you want to take a look at the details, head over to Apple's security site for more.

If you missed iOS 15.6.1, it had two security patches on board which are essential if you want to keep your device and its data safe from harm. You can read more about the pair on Apple's website.

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.6 update, it had 30+ security upgrades on board. You can learn more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.5 it brought 27 new security patches to the iPhone. You can learn more about these patches over on Apple's security site.

If you missed iOS 15.4.1, it had one new security patch on board. You can read more about it over on Apple's website

If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these patches, head on over to Apple's security site for the particulars

If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more about it, head over to Apple's security page

If you missed iOS 15.3, you'll also get its patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches to iPhone users. If you're interested in the details, you can read more about them right here.

If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you'll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about the change over on Apple's website

If you missed Apple's iOS 15.2 update, you'll get its 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about them over on the company's security site

iOS 15.2 also included some important upgrades to privacy. The software brought the company's App Privacy Report to Settings. This lets you see how often your apps have accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more during the last seven days. You can also see their network activity. 

In addition, iOS 15.2 brought Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search. 

If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.7 will bring its security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple's website

If you missed iOS 15.0.2 you'll also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it right here.

iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you'll be moving up from iOS 14 and you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

Apple's updated its website with new information about iOS 15's batch of security patches. The company now says the software patched up an issue that could have exposed a user's private Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 patched up an issue that allowed apps to override Privacy preferences.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.7 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. 

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  1. Stuart Goldstein

    09/21/2021 at 8:25 pm

    IPad Mini 4 Home Screen icons are small with little space between them.

    Changing the settings to “Large Icons” does nothing.

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