Apple won’t release iPadOS 16 with iOS 16—or ever. (Technically.)
Apple has delayed the iPad’s newest operating system upgrade, which improves Live Text and introduces Stage Manager, until later this fall, TechCrunch says (Opens in a new window).
TechCrunch: “This is an especially big year for iPadOS,” “As its own platform, iPadOS can be released on its own timeline. iPadOS version 16.1 will be released this fall after iOS.”
So Apple won’t release iPadOS 16.0. Most iPad owners will avoid iPadOS 16.1 when it launches later this year. The operating system has been accessible to developers since June 6 and the public beta since July 11.
MacStories reports that iPadOS betas have had more troubles than usual for pre-release software. Stage Manager, an iPadOS and macOS Ventura upgrade, has been problematic.
Apple has released a new public beta of iPadOS 16.1 with improvements to Stage Manager and “the standard spate of beta bug updates,”
Apple separated iPad’s OS from iOS three years ago. iPadOS is suffering growing pains as Apple tries to differentiate it from its predecessor and justify the iPad’s more capable hardware.
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iPadOS 16.1 is late.
Multiple reports blame the delay on Apple’s new Stage Manager function, which improves iPad multitasking. Stage Manager displays iPad users samples of all open apps on the left while the main app stays in the center. The feature makes iPad multitasking easier and more attractive.
Stage Manager is apparently coming solely to iPads with the M1 chip. Therefore, which is why Apple is spending longer to optimise the software.
Apple’s September event is scheduled to happen on the seventh day of the month this year; and we expect iOS 16 details along with the iPhone 14 series. The event may include iOS 16.1 release date details.