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iPadOS 15 beta 2 isn't available for a very specific iPad Pro and nobody knows why

iPad Pro 9.7-inch with 1st-gen Apple Pencil
iPad Pro 9.7-inch with 1st-gen Apple Pencil (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's Wi-Fi + Cellular 9.7-inch iPad Pro hasn't had its iPadOS 15 beta 2 release.
  • The reason for the omission isn't clear but it's safe to say something broke.

Apple released iPadOS 15 beta 2 to developers yesterday and everyone is still picking through it to see what's new. Everyone except those with a Wi-Fi + Cellular 9.7-inch iPad Pro, that is. For reasons unknown that very particular iPad Pro hasn't received the beta 2 update and it isn't clear at this point whether it ever will.

According to the release notes for the iPadOS 15 beta 2 release, the lack of availability is a known issue – but that's as far as Apple is going right now.

General. Known Issues: iPadOS 15 beta 2 isn't available for iPad Pro (9.7 inch) (WiFi + Cellular). (79629736)

It's fair to say that something has gone very wrong with iPadOS 15 on that particular iPad Pro and it's particularly interesting that this is the cellular version – the Wi-Fi-only iPad Pro doesn't appear to be afflicted.

Anyone running an affected iPad Pro with iPadOS 15 beta 1 installed won't be able to update to beta 2 and it isn't clear yet whether that is a temporary situation or not. It's possible Apple will simply skip beta 2 for that device, jumping straight to beta 3 – likely in a couple of weeks if the normal release cadence is followed.

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Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.