The most current OS available for your iPad is version 6.1, and is available for downloading.
Managing your updates is easier, now, than when the iPad was first introduced. In the past, you had to update and sync to your computer. Now, when you turn on your iPad, a window will appear, telling you that a new OS is available and ready to download.
To complete the update, just follow the prompts and choose your options. It’s as easy as that. (I was in a hot-spot and have 4G capability. At least one of these is probably necessary to complete your update.)
Some iPad users might decide to bypass this prompt, and choose to update at a later time. This is fine, as long as you eventually update to the current OS. Choosing not to update at all can cause a host of issues later on.
Keeping your iPad updated with the most recent operating system can help prevent glitches in apps you are running, and also help prevent your iPad from crashing.
My husband and kids never update any of their devices, and as a result, their devices eventually malfunction. This can mean hours of downloading and updating missing/needed software to get their iPads, phones, applications, computers, etc. working properly again.
To check which OS you currently have:
1. tap Settings on your iPad desktop
2. tap General in the left side bar
3. Tap – Software Update – line 2 - this will bring you to a screen that shows you which operating system you are using, and if your OS is up to date
If you have any questions regarding this topic, are still covered under your 60 day free tech support, or have purchased "Apple Care" for the iPad, you can call "Apple" Tech Support for at: 1-800-APL-CARE (1-800-275-2273) or 1-800-692-7753.
For additional information regarding iPad’s OS 6.1, click the following link: http://www.apple.com/ipad/ios/
iPads can be purchased locally at the Apple Store - Westfarms Mall, Farmington, CT and your local Best Buy (West Hartford and Enfield are two local options.)