Alongside iOS 13 back at WWDC in June, Apple unveiled its related operating system, for iPad – called iPadOS. iPadOS 13.1 has been released today, a little bit later than iOS 13 which came out last week.

You can get the whole low down below in the release notes.

How do I update to iPadOS 13?


Before you update, make sure you backup to either iCloud by using iCloud Backup or using iTunes. iTunes is always the best option, because if you do need to restore the iPhone again, all the apps won’t need to be downloaded again.

Update OTA (Over-the-air)

One of the easiest way to update to iPadOS, or any other update is using the iPad itself. Simply plug your device into power, then tap Settings > General > Software Update. The update will then proceed to download, it may need a password from you to confirm. The installation process takes around 5-10 mins, then the device will reboot prompting you to unlock it again.

What’s new in iPadOS 13?

iPadOS 13 has very much of the same features as iOS 13 on iPhone, iPads now have full support for Dark Mode but Apple has focused a lot on improving the productivity aspect of the OS now, so iPads now have an improved home screen, with a row of more icons and the option to pin the ‘Today Widgets’ to permanently show on screen.

Redesigned Home Screen
Redesigned Home Screen

Other things

  • Apple Pencil now has much improved latency
  • QuickPath keyboard can now be shrunken down so it doesn’t take up so much space
QuickPath Keyboard
QuickPath Keyboard

Along with so many other things, check out the official release notes below

Will my iPad with iPadOS?

So with iPadOS, Apple is supported devices all the way back to 2014 with the iPad Air 2 and also all models of the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 onwards.

Release Notes

iPadOS, the powerful operating system with a new name to recognise the distinctive experience of iPad. iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad. This update features new ways to work with multiple apps, presents more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen, makes using Apple Pencil feel even more responsive along with a new way to instantly mark up anything, provides a dramatic new Dark Mode, allows a simple way to sign in to websites that protects your privacy, and gives you new tools to edit and view your photos. iPadOS is faster and more responsive, with optimisations across the system.

Home Screen

  • Today Widgets on the Home screen for at-a-glance information
  • A new layout to put even more apps on each page


  • Slide Over with support for multiple apps to access your favourite apps from anywhere in iPadOS and quickly switch between them
  • Multiple windows from a single app in Split View to work with two documents, notes or emails, side by side
  • Enhanced Spaces to open the same app across multiple spaces
  • App Exposé to quickly see all the open windows for an app

Apple Pencil

  • Lower latency with Apple Pencil, making it feel more responsive than ever
  • Redesigned tool palette, with a fresh new look, new tools and the ability to drag to any side of the screen
  • A new gesture to mark up anything with a swipe from the bottom right or left corner of the screen with Apple Pencil
  • A new full page option to mark up entire web pages, Mail messages, iWork documents and Maps

Text Editing

  • Scrollbar scrubbing to directly drag the scrollbar for quickly navigating long documents, web pages and email conversations
  • Faster and more precise cursor navigation — just pick it up and move it to where you want
  • Text selection improvements for easier selection by just tapping and swiping on the text
  • New gestures for cut, copy, paste — pinch in once with three fingers to copy, twice to cut, and pinch out with three fingers to paste
  • Undo across iPadOS by just double-tapping with three fingers


  • New floating keyboard leaving more room for your content — drag it anywhere you like
  • QuickPath on the floating keyboard lets you slide to type for easy one-handed typing


  • Custom fonts are available from the App Store for use in your favourite apps
  • Font management in Settings


  • External drives supported in Files to access and manage files on a USB drive, SD card or hard drive
  • SMB support to connect to a server at work or a home PC
  • Local storage for creating folders on the local drive and adding your favourite files
  • Column to drill down into nested folders
  • Preview pane with high resolution file previews, rich metadata and Quick Actions
  • Zip and Unzip support for creating and expanding Zip files
  • New keyboard shortcuts to manage your files even faster with an external keyboard


  • Desktop-class browsing in Safari with websites automatically optimised for the large Multi-Touch iPad display
  • Web platforms like Squarespace, WordPress and Google Docs now supported
  • Download manager to access downloads quickly and check the status of a file you’re downloading
  • Over 30 new keyboard shortcuts to navigate the web even faster with an external keyboard
  • Updated start page with favourites, frequently visited and most recently visited websites, and Siri suggestions
  • View options in the Smart Search field for quick access to text size controls, Reader view and per‑site settings
  • Per‑site settings to choose Reader view and enable content blockers, camera, microphone and location access for individual websites
  • Option to resize when uploading photos

Dark Mode

  • A beautiful new dark colour scheme that delivers a great viewing experience, especially in low-light environments
  • Can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset, at a certain time, or turned on from Control Centre
  • Three new system wallpapers that automatically switch appearances with Light and Dark Mode


  • An all-new Photos tab with a curated view of your library, making it easy to find, relive and share your photos and videos
  • Powerful new photo editing tools that make it easier to edit, adjust and review photos at a glance
  • Video editing with over 30 new tools, including Rotate, Crop and Enhance

Sign in with Apple

  • A private way to sign in to participating apps and websites with the Apple ID you already have
  • Simple account setup with only your name and email address
  • Hide My Email to share a unique email address that is automatically forwarded to you
  • Built-in two-factor authentication to protect your account
  • No tracking or profiling by Apple as you use your favourite apps

App Store with Arcade

  • Unlimited access to groundbreaking new games with one subscription — no ads or additional purchases
  • An all-new Arcade tab in the App Store to browse the latest games, personalised recommendations and exclusive editorial content
  • Available to play across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
  • Option to download large apps over your mobile data connection
  • Ability to view available app updates or delete apps from the Account page
  • Support for Arabic and Hebrew


  • An all-new map rolling out in the US featuring wider road coverage, improved address precision, better support for pedestrians and more detailed land cover
  • Look Around to explore cities in a high-resolution, interactive 3D experience
  • Collections for the lists of places you love you can easily share with friends and family
  • Favourites for quick and easy navigation to the places you visit every day


  • All-new design with more powerful and intelligent ways to create and organise reminders
  • Quick toolbar to add dates, locations, flags, attachments and more to reminders
  • New smart lists — Today, Scheduled, Flagged and All — to easily keep track of upcoming reminders
  • Subtasks and grouped lists to organise your reminders


  • Personalised Siri Suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari and Maps
  • Over 100,000 live radio stations from around the world available with Siri


  • Shortcuts app now built-in
  • Suggested automations in the Gallery personalised to your daily routine
  • Personal and home automations for automatically running shortcuts based on triggers
  • Home app support for shortcuts as advanced actions in the Automation tab

Memoji and Messages

  • New Memoji customisation options including new hairstyles, headgear, makeup and piercings
  • Memoji sticker packs in Messages, Mail, and third‑party apps and available on iPad mini 5, iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation) and all iPad Pro models
  • Your name and photo, or even Memoji, now optionally shared with your friends
  • Search enhancements to easily find messages with intelligent suggestions and categorisation of results

Augmented Reality

  • People Occlusion for apps to place virtual objects naturally in front of or behind people using iPad Pro (2018), iPad Air (2018), iPad mini 5
  • Motion Capture for apps to understand the body position and movement of a person so you can animate a character or interact with virtual objects using iPad Pro (2018), iPad Air (2018), iPad mini 5
  • Multiple face tracking for AR content on up to 3 faces at a time so you can have fun with your friends using iPad Pro (2018)
  • AR Quick Look to view and interact with multiple AR objects at the same time


  • Block sender to move all email messages from a blocked sender directly to the Bin
  • Mute thread to stop notifications from an overly active email thread
  • Format bar with easy access to rich text formatting tools and attachments of all kinds
  • Font support for all system fonts, as well as new fonts you download from the App Store


  • Gallery view with your notes as visual thumbnails to help you find the note you need
  • Shared folders to collaborate with others, giving them access to entire folders of notes
  • More powerful search for visual recognition of images inside your notes and text in items you’ve scanned
  • New checklist options to easily reorder checklist items, indent them or move ticked items to the bottom of the list automatically

Apple Music

  • Time-synced lyrics make listening more fun with perfectly timed lyrics
  • Over 100,000 live radio stations from around the world

Screen Time

  • 30-day usage data to compare Screen Time numbers over the previous weeks
  • Combined limits to include multiple app categories, specific apps or websites in one limit
  • “One more minute” option to quickly save your work or log out of a game when a Screen Time limit is met

Privacy and Security

  • Allow Once location permission with the option to share your locations with apps only once
  • Background tracking alerts now notify you when an app is using your location in the background
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enhancements help prevent apps from accessing your location without your consent
  • Location sharing controls give you the option to easily omit location data when sharing photos

System Experience

  • Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories selection in Control Centre
  • A redesigned, unobtrusive volume control in the top middle
  • Full-page screenshots for web pages, Mail messages, iWork documents and Maps
  • Redesigned share sheet with intelligent suggestions to share content with just a few taps
  • Audio Sharing for two sets of AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo3, BeatsX and Powerbeats3 to share a single stream of audio
  • Dolby Atmos playback for a thrilling surround sound experience from content with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital or Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks on iPad Pro (2018)

Language support

  • Support for 38 new keyboard languages
  • Predictive input in Cantonese, Dutch, Hindi (Devanagari), Hindi (Latin), Najdi Arabic, Swedish and Vietnamese keyboards
  • Separate emoji and globe keys make it easier to quickly switch between languages and select emoji
  • Automatic language detection for dictation
  • Bilingual dictionary support in Thai and English and Vietnamese and English


  • A dedicated QR code mode in Camera, accessible from the Control Centre, for improved QR code performance, a torch option and enhanced privacy
  • Junction View in Maps for drivers in China to more easily navigate complex roadways
  • Adjustable handwriting area on the Chinese keyboard
  • Cantonese predictions on the Cangjie, Sucheng, Stroke and Handwriting keyboards


  • All-new Indian English male and female Siri voices
  • Support for all 22 official Indian languages with the addition of 15 new keyboard languages
  • Bilingual keyboard for Hindi (Latin) and English, including typing predictions
  • Typing predictions on the Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard
  • New Indian language system fonts for Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada and Odia for greater clarity and ease when reading in apps
  • 30 new document fonts for Assamese, Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu
  • Contacts with hundreds of new relationship labels to help more accurately label your contacts


  • Up to 2x faster app launch*
  • Up to 30 per cent faster Face ID unlocking on iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)**
  • 60 per cent smaller app updates on average*
  • Up to 50 per cent smaller apps from the App Store*

Other features and improvements

  • Low Data Mode to reduce your data usage over your mobile network or specific Wi-Fi networks you select
  • PlayStation 4 and Xbox Wireless Controller support
  • Find My iPhone and Find My Friends combined into a single app with the ability to locate a missing device even if it can’t connect to a Wi-Fi or mobile network
  • Apple Books reading goals help make reading a daily habit
  • Calendar supports adding attachments to events
  • Home app redesigned controls for HomeKit accessories with a combined view for ones with multiple services
  • Pinch-to-zoom for more precision when editing recordings in Voice Memos

*Testing conducted by Apple in May 2019 using iPhone XS supporting normal peak performance and iPad Pro (11‑inch) with iOS 12.3 and pre-release iPadOS and iOS 13, using third‑party apps repackaged in a pre-production App Store server environment; smaller app update download size based on averages from a collection of the most frequently updated apps. Performance varies based on specific configuration, content, battery health, usage, software versions and other factors.

**Testing conducted by Apple in May 2019 using iPhone X and iPhone XS Max supporting normal peak performance, and iPad Pro (11‑inch) with iOS 12.3 and pre-release iPadOS and iOS 13, using the side or top button to wake the device. Performance varies based on specific configuration, content, battery health, usage and other factors.

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