How to Download the iPad Manual

A list of iPad manuals for all models

The iPad has undergone a number of changes since its original release in 2010, including the ability to create folders to organize your apps, multitasking, FaceTime support, AirPlay, AirPrint and Voice Dictation, among many other features. Feeling overwhelmed? This list provides the official iPad manuals from Apple.

These operating system manuals are marked alongside the iPad model with which they debuted. However, you should use the manual that corresponds to the version of iOS you use rather than your iPad model. These manuals are geared toward the operating system, not the device that runs them. 

iPadOS 15 / iPad 9th Gen

Apple released iPadOS 15 in September 2021 with the welcome news that all the devices that supported iPadOS 14 also supported iPadOS 15. New features include the App Library previously introduced on the iPhone, Quick Note, and Focus mode. The home screen was reduced to accommodate widgets, and Safari and Maps apps were redesigned. Voice isolation and spatial audio were added to FaceTime calls.

iPadOS 14 / iPad 8th Gen and iPad Air 4th Gen

The iPadOS 14 release arrived in September 2020. Although it was introduced on the iPad 8th Gen and iPad Air 4th Gen devices, it is supported by any device that supports iPadOS 13. The feature set changes were not as spectacular as with its predecessor, but the Today View has redesigned widgets, and several UI changes were made to reduce the visual space taken up by full-screen interfaces. Siri and Spotlight Search were both improved.

iPadOS 13 / iPad 7th Gen

Apple released the rebranded iPadOS 13 operating system in 2019. The new name was a reflection of the different features of iPads and iPhones, specifically the iPad's multitasking capabilities and keyboard support. The new multitasking features included Split View and Slide Over, which allow two apps to be used side-by-side. In many applications, video can appear in a picture-in-picture window so that the user can watch while using other apps. iPadOS 13 also introduced Sidecar, a feature that allows an iPad to work as a second monitor for compatible Macs.

iOS 12 / iPad Pro 3rd Gen

IOS 12 was a departure from other operating system upgrades because it contains few new features. Instead, the update focused on performance, making the iPad even faster at doing everyday tasks. While awesome for any iPad, this was especially beneficial to older models. Unfortunately, iOS 12 is only compatible with the original iPad Air and newer tablets, including the iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 4. This makes the iPad 4 and previous models obsolete.

iOS 11 / iPad 2018

The iOS 11 release saw the debut of features that help the iPad carry its own in enterprise situations. This includes a new Files app, which puts all of your cloud storage and local storage in one convenient place, making it easier to share files and work on the same file from multiple computers or tablets. Drop-and-drag also came to the iPad, which makes sharing files and objects across apps even easier.

iOS 10 / iPad 2017 and iPad Pro 2nd Gen

The theme of iOS 10 was interoperability. While iOS keeps each app in its own walled enclosure to protect one app from another, which helps protect the operating system from viruses, iOS 10 includes new ways for apps to work alongside each other. This allows new photo filters downloaded from the App Store to work inside the Photos app and new widgets to be available on the notifications screen.

iOS 9 / iPad Pro

The two big features added to the iPad Pro lineup are the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, but perhaps the biggest feature in iOS 9 is the multitasking capabilities. If you have an iPad Air or more recent iPad, you can do slide-over multitasking, which lets you run an app in a column to the side of your iPad. If you have at least an iPad Air 2, iOS 9 supports true split-screen multitasking. Perhaps the best feature of the update is the virtual touchpad, which lets you use the on-screen keyboard like a laptop's touchpad.  

iOS 8 / iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini3

The iOS 8 update made a big splash because of the inclusion of widgets, which makes replacing the on-screen keyboard with a third-party keyboard possible. It also includes Family Sharing and the ability to hand off a document from your iPad to your MacBook or your iPhone.

iOS 7 / iPad Air and iPad Mini 2

The biggest visual change to the operating system since the iPad's introduction, iOS 7 featured a brand new user interface.  Among the many new features were iTunes Radio, a service similar to Pandora, and AirDrop, which allows wireless sharing of photos and files.

iOS 6 / iPad 4 and iPad Mini

The iPad 4 was released alongside iOS 6, which added Siri to the iPad. This version also replaced Google Maps with Apple's Maps, although Google Maps is still available on the App Store. iOS 6 also introduced a new look and feel for the App Store.  

iOS 5.1 / iPad 3

The iPad 3 added a number of new features like voice dictation and an improved camera.  It also integrates Twitter into the operating system, making it easier to tweet to your friends. This updated manual is appropriate for iPad 3 owners using iOS 5.1. 

iOS 4.3 / iPad 2

The iPad 2 was released with a new version of the operating system. The features of iOS 4.3 are similar to 4.2 but include support for new features on the iPad 2 like the front-facing and back-facing camera.

iOS 3.2 / Original iPad

The original iPad does not contain all the features of the iPad 2 or iPad 3rd generation. If you bought the iPad when it was first launched and have not updated the operating system, this manual gives you accurate information on how to use all the features.

iOS 4.2

The first major operating system update after the original iPad release, the iOS 4.2 update brought the ability to create folders to better arrange your applications into categories. It also included AirPlay, AirPrint, multitasking and fast app switching.

iPad Product Information Guide

This guide includes important safety and handling information, how to keep the iPad clean, the frequency rates used, and an FCC Compliance Statement.

Apple TV/iPad Setup Guide

Apple TV is one of the best accessories you can buy for your iPad, with AirPlay and Display Mirroring allowing you to send both audio and video to your TV or audio to AirPlay-compatible speakers. Read more about connecting your iPad to your TV.

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