Apple plans to delay the release of iPadOS 16 until October, which means the iPad software won’t launch alongside iOS 16 in September like it usually does, reports Bloomberg.


Apple has been developing a new multitasking feature for the ‌iPad‌ called Stage Manager, with the option designed to deliver a more Mac-like multi-window multitasking experience. The delay in the release of ‌iPadOS 16‌ is said to be due in part to the Stage Manager implementation, as Apple is still working out bugs. A delayed release will allow Apple to spend more time finishing ‌iOS 16‌, and then the company can move on to work on ‌iPadOS 16‌.

Stage Manager is limited to the M1 iPad Pro and iPad Air models, and is not available on older iPads, which has caused some controversy. Apple maintains that it is not possible to offer an acceptable multitasking experience on older iPads, hence the limitation.

Since Apple split iPadOS into its own operating system in 2019, iPadOS releases have been largely tied to iOS releases, with software updates for the iPhone and the ‌iPad‌ launching at the same time. The delayed release of ‌iPadOS 16‌ will mark a departure from Apple’s standard release plans.

The unveiling of ‌iPadOS 16‌ in October means the software will be scheduled to release closer to new iPads. Apple is developing a new M2 version of the ‌iPad Pro‌ with an ‌M2‌ chip and an entry-level ‌iPad‌ that features a USB-C port, both of which are expected to debut later this year.

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