Apple has confirmed a new iPadOS 15.4 update and the software is in beta testing ahead of its official release for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini
iPadOS 15.4 is a big upgrade, which means it’s likely to bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches to iPad users.
We don’t have an official iPadOS 15.4 release date yet, but iPad users who don’t want to wait can try a preview version of the software now.
With iPadOS 15.4 in the works, we want to tell you everything there is to know about the fourth update to iPadOS 15.
In this guide, we’ll tell you about the changes in the update, provide information about the iPadOS 15.4 release date and time, tell you about the iPadOS 15.4 beta, and more.
iPadOS 15.4 Beta
If you want to try iPadOS 15.4 on your iPad right now, you can.
Apple has pushed the iPadOS 15.4 beta to developers and those enrolled in the beta software program. A developer account requires you to pay Apple money while the beta software program is free for anyone with a working Apple ID and a compatible device.
Before downloading iPadOS 15.4 beta on your iPad, remember that pre-release software is usually plagued with bugs and performance issues.
These issues can impact the performance of your core apps, your iPad’s battery life, and overall speed, making beta software a less than ideal daily driver.
You should be able to fix some issues on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will likely require a fix from Apple in a future beta or the official release of iPadOS 15.4.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance, you can downgrade to older software, even if Apple only signs on to iPadOS 15.3. The downgrade path to older iPadOS updates is closed.
Apple is currently on iPadOS 15.4 beta 2.
iPadOS 15.4 release date
Apple hasn’t confirmed the iPadOS 15.4 release date, and the software will likely remain in testing alongside iOS 15.4 for several weeks. At the moment, we expect the final version to arrive in March.
The company is reportedly gearing up to launch new hardware on March 8. The devices are rumored to include a new iPad Air and a new iPhone SE. If so, we expect iPadOS 15.4 and iOS 15.4 to accompany these devices on tablets.
iPadOS 15.4 release date
We don’t have an official iPadOS 15.4 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll out the software, regardless of which day is chosen.
The official release of iPadOS 15.4 will most likely arrive around 10 a.m. Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to appear, so don’t be surprised if your update appears a few minutes after 10:00 am.
Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 15.4 release time in other US time zones:
- East – 1 p.m.
- Center – 12:00 p.m.
- Mountain – 11 a.m.
Apple will also release beta updates to iPadOS 15.4 for developers and those enrolled in the beta software program, also around 10 a.m. PT. The company usually releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.
Keep these timelines in mind if you plan to install the new beta versions of iPadOS 15.4 or the official release of iPadOS 15.4 immediately.
iPadOS 15.4 Features
Apple’s major updates (xx) almost always bring new features, security fixes and under the hood improvements to iPad users and that’s what you can expect from iPadOS 15.4.
The developers are exploring the iPadOS 15.4 beta and they have found several new features. Here are the highlights so far:
Apple might add or subtract from the iPadOS 15.4 changelog during the beta period, so keep an eye out for changes as the beta progresses.
Jailbreak iPadOS 15.4
If you’re still jailbreaking, skip the iPadOS 15.4 beta.
We don’t expect the developers to release a tool compatible with the iPadOS 15.4 beta. They haven’t released any for the official iPadOS 15 release yet and that release might not arrive for some time.
We’ll let you know when we know more.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.3 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.3 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.3 update immediately.
Apple says iOS 15.3 has 10 new security patches on board. If you’re interested in the details, you can read more about the fixes here.
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you’ll get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about the change on Apple’s website.
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get over 30 security fixes with your upgrade. You can read all about them on the company’s security site.
iOS 15.2 also included significant privacy improvements. The software brought the company’s app privacy report into the settings. This lets you see how often your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the last seven days. You can also see their activity on the network.
Additionally, iOS 15.2 brought Apple’s communication safety features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.3 will bring its security fixes to your iPhone. You can read more about them on Apple’s website.
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get its security patch with your upgrade. You can read more about it here.
iOS 15.0 also brought many security fixes to your iPhone. If you’re going to upgrade from iOS 14 and are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can learn more on Apple’s security website.
Apple has updated its website with new information about the iOS 15 security patch bundle. The company now claims the software fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s private Apple credentials. and in-app search history. It also says iOS 15 fixed an issue that allowed apps to override privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any earlier version of iOS, you will also get the security fixes from these updates with your iOS 15.3 update.
In addition to these fixes, iOS 15 comes with security and privacy upgrades, including Siri improvements. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you’ll now get a regularly changing security code to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also included a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. This will allow you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address. The company will add a new App Privacy Reporting feature in the upcoming iOS 15 release that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information.