The new notes only seem to work for notes created on iCloud rather than notes enabled on other accounts you may have connected. Make sure under your iCloud settings notes are enabled - you'll then see that option listed on the notes app when viewing the list of folders.I am running 10.11 on my Mac and 9.1 on my iPad but I still see the old version of Notes.
No matter what I try to do the new version never seems to load.
What could I be doing wrong?
Is the note being created under the iCloud account?
Have you 1) enabled Notes in iCloud on your iPad, and 2) created a NEW note on that iPad? Existing notes will not show the new tools, and only new notes that are stored on iCloud will show the new tools.iCloud on the Internet is working fine. It's on the iPad that the new version isn't showing up. It's a first gen mini but it's running 9.1. I thought all you need to do is to run 9.0 or above, but maybe it's the iPad blocking the update.