iPadOS 16 announced; latest software update not coming to all iPads, details here

As expected, the company has introduced additional multitasking capabilities to its popular tablet, although it’s unclear which iPad versions will enable the new features. And the company has verified our fears by pointing out that the new Mac-like apps and the Stage Manager feature are only available on iPads powered by the M1 processor.

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New Delhi, first published June 7, 2022, 4:15 p.m. IST

Apple unveiled the specifics and new features that will be coming to iPad this year with the upcoming iPadOS 16 edition. ‘iPad will enable new features.

And the company has verified our fears by pointing out that the new Mac-like apps and the Stage Manager feature are only available on iPads powered by the M1 processor.

Therefore, users of the old iPad and iPad Air (up to the fourth generation) will not be able to use these features. Instead, their iPadOS 16 release will be limited to the foundational upgrades the new iPad platform will receive this year. Apple released the M1-based iPad Air 2022 earlier this year, and all iPad Pro models have been updated to the M-series silicon. However, the A-series chipset is still used in a number of iPads, including the Air and Mini models.

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Even though iPadOS 16 is compatible with a wide range of iPads, the feature limitations are unfair to those who bought the expensive tablets in the last year or so. Apple hasn’t explained why the A-series iPads were dropped for the new capabilities, though it’s likely the company has focused on making the M-series the de facto chipset for all iPad-related products. PCs, including iPads.

Another reason could be that the iPad M1s have 8GB of RAM, which may be necessary for the multitasking capabilities of the new iPadOS 16 platform.

Here are the iPad models that are still compatible with the new version.

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  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Mini (4th generation)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro (5th generation)

The iPadOS 16 developer preview is already available, and the public beta will be available next month. The final iPadOS 16 update of this year will occur between September and October.

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Last updated June 7, 2022, 4:15 PM IST

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