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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.1 Update

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Apple’s released its iPadOS 14.1 update for iPad and the milestone upgrade is now available to iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini owners.

iPadOS 14.1 is a milestone release (x.x). And like most milestone iPadOS upgrades, the software includes a mix of new features and bug fixes for lingering issues.

With that in mind, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the latest firmware update for the iPad and iPadOS 14.

In this guide to iPadOS 14.1 we’ll take you through the update’s performance, the current list of iPadOS 14.1 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iPadOS 14.1 jailbreak status, and more.

We’ll start with our impressions of iPadOS 14.1 update’s performance on iPad.

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iPadOS 14.1 Review

If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 14.0.1, you’ll be looking at a fairly large download.

If your tablet is running an older version of iPadOS, your update will be larger. And that’s because the features and fixes from the update(s) you skipped are baked into your upgrade.

If your iPad is running iPadOS 14.0.1, the installation should take around 10 minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes to install on one of our older iPad Pros.

For more on the iPadOS 14.1 download and installation, take a look at our guide.

We’ve been using the iPadOS 14.1 update on the iPad Pro for several days and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working fine.
  • GPS and cellular data are stable.

Apps

  • Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working just fine right now.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are also stable.

Speed

  • iPadOS 14.1 feels as fast as iPadOS 14.0.1.

If you’re dealing with problems on iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0 or iPadOS 13, you might want to install the iPadOS 14.1 update on your iPad right now.

If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 14.1.

iPadOS 14.1 Problems

iPad users are running into problems on the newest versions of iPadOS 14.

The current list of problems includes installation issues, Exchange problems, weird battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, issues with Widgets, and Bluetooth issues.

iOS 14.1/iPadOS 14.1 users have discovered a bug related to iPadOS 14’s default app settings. If you update your selected default app (Chrome, Gmail, etc) in the App Store, it will get removed from the default app slot.

The bug has apparently been fixed in Apple’s upcoming iPadOS 14.2 update.

If you encounter a problem on your tablet, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common software issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and tips that should help you improve battery life.

If you can’t handle the iPadOS 14.1 update’s performance on your iPad, note that you can no longer downgrade its software in an attempt to improve performance. Apple has stopped signing iPadOS 14.0.1.

You can’t move back to anything older than iPadOS 14.0.1 either. So those of you jumping up from iPadOS 14.0.1, iPadOS 14.0 and iPadOS 13 should be careful moving to iPadOS 14.1. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.

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iPadOS 14.1 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates typically bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you can get from iPadOS 14.1. Here’s the official change log:

New Features

  • Adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and edit in Photos for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (2nd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11‑inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and iPad mini (5th generation)

Bug Fixes

  • Addresses an issue where some widgets, folders, and icons were showing up in reduced size on the Home Screen
  • Fixes an issue where some emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias
  • Addresses an issue where some users were occasionally unable to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist
  • Resolves an issue where streaming video resolution could temporarily be reduced at the start of playback
  • Addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable

Apple says the iPadOS 14.1 update has no published CVE entries aka security patches.

If you’re moving up from iPadOS 13, your iPadOS 14.1 update includes all of the features from iPadOS 14.0. It’s a substantial list of features, improvements, and security patches. For more on iPadOS 14.0, check out our guide.

If you’re currently running iPadOS 13 or iPadOS 14.0, you’ll also get the fixes from iPadOS 14.0.1 and you can learn more about those in our walkthrough.

iPadOS 14.1 Jailbreak

If you want to jailbreak an iPad running iPadOS 14 you’ll need a specific model running iPadOS 14.0.

The developer team behind the Checkra1n jailbreaking tool has released version 0.11.0 which adds support for iOS 14.0 and iPadOS 14.0.

The tool works with the following versions of the iPad:

  • iPad (5th generation)
  • ‌iPad‌ Air 2
  • ‌iPad‌ mini 4
  • iPad Pro (1st generation)

If you own another iPad model you’ll need to remain on iPadOS 13 for now.

We don’t know if the tool works with iPadOS 14.1 yet so if you jailbreak, you’ll want to avoid the upgrade for the time being.

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iPadOS 14, keep your eyes peeled for a new version.

Apple is currently working on a new iPadOS 14.2 update. iPadOS 14.2 is currently in beta testing and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes.

We don’t have an iPadOS 14.2 release date. If you don’t think you can wait for the official release, you can download the beta right now.

For more on iPadOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

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If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14.1 right now. 

iPadOS 14.2 includes 24 security patches that will help protect you and your device from harm. You can learn more about the patches on Apple's security website

If you're still running iPadOS 13, iPadOS 14.2 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.

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