Apple has pushed an iPadOS 15.4.1 update to iPad† iPad Pro† iPad Air and iPad mini users.
iPadOS 15.4.1 is a point upgrade and the firmware brings a short list of changes to the iPad. It doesn’t come with any new features, but it does bring significant bug fixes and a new security patch.
In this walkthrough, we will take you through the performance of the iPadOS 15.4.1 update, the current list of iPadOS 15.4.1 issues, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the jailbreak status of iPadOS 15.4. 1, and more.
We’ll start with a look at the performance of the iPadOS 15.4.1 update.
iPadOS 15.4.1 Review
If your tablet is currently running iPadOS 15.4, then iPadOS 15.4.1 requires a fairly small download.
If your iPad is running an older version of iPadOS, your download may be larger. That’s because the features and fixes from iPadOS update(s) you skipped are baked into your version of iPadOS 15.4.1.
The installation of iPadOS 15.4.1 takes about 10 minutes. It took about seven minutes to install on one of our iPad Pro models.
Check out our guide to downloading and installing iPadOS 15.4.1.
We’ve been using the iPadOS 15.4.1 update on an iPad Pro (2018) for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about performance so far:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth currently works fine.
- GPS and mobile data work normally.
- Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify work fine.
- First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are stable.
- iPadOS 15.4.1 feels just as fast and smooth as iPadOS 15.4.
If you’re experiencing bugs or performance issues on iPadOS 15.4 or an older version of iPadOS, consider installing the iPadOS 15.4.1 update today.
iPadOS 15.4.1 issues
iPadOS 15.4.1 is causing problems for some iPad users.
The current list of issues includes abnormal battery consumption, installation issues, Bluetooth issues, first and third party apps issues, UI lag, Face ID issues, and Wi-Fi issues.
If you run into problems after installing the software, check out our solutions for the most common problems. We’ve also published tips to improve your iPad’s performance and tips to improve your iPad’s battery life.
If you can’t stand the performance of iPadOS 15.4.1 on your iPad, keep in mind that you can’t downgrade to older iPadOS software.
Apple has stopped signing iPadOS 15.4, which means you can’t revert your iPad to the previous version of iPadOS to improve performance. Unfortunately, you also can’t revert your iPad’s software to anything older than iPadOS 15.4.
This means those of you jumping from iPadOS 15.4 and below should be careful. Once you’ve upgraded to iPadOS 15.4.1, you can’t go back to your current version of iPadOS.
iPadOS 15.4.1 Features
Apple’s point updates (xxx) almost always focus on under-the-hood improvements, which is exactly what iPadOS 15.4.1 has on board. Here’s the full iPadOS 15.4.1 change log:
- Fixed an issue where the battery could drain faster than expected after updating to iPadOS 15.4.
- Fixed an issue where Braille devices would stop responding when navigating text or displaying an alert.
- Fixed an issue where Made for iPad hearing aids could lose connectivity to some third-party apps.
iPadOS 15.4.1 also comes with an important security patch and you can read more about it on the company’s security site†
iPadOS 15.4.1 Jailbreak
If you’re still jailbreaking, make sure to avoid the iPadOS 15.4.1 update.
The developer teams behind the jailbreak tools checkra1n and unC0ver have released versions that are compatible with newer versions of iPadOS 14, but they are not compatible with iPadOS 15.
Apple has confirmed that a new version of iPadOS 15 and iPadOS 15.5 is in beta testing before being released publicly.
iPadOS 15.5 is a landmark upgrade, albeit a minor one, and it should bring iPad users a mix of new features, security patches, and bug fixes.
The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date for iPadOS 15.5, and we expect it to stay in beta a little longer as Apple and testers poke and poke it at issues. At the moment, we expect it to land sometime in May.
If your problems are really bad, or if you just want to try new software, you can try downloading the iPadOS 15.5 beta on your iPad now.
Check out our walkthrough to learn more about iPadOS 15.5 and the beta. Check out our guide to learn more about the upcoming iPadOS 15.5 release date.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. For more information about these patches, please visit: Apple’s security site for details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, please visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found on Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company’s security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times in the past seven days your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 is . brought Apple’s communication security features to children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it on Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them on Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has resolved an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use in online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator, similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.