The next major iPad software update has been officially delayed

Apple’s big iPadOS 16 update won’t launch with iOS 16 next month, the tablet maker has confirmed.

The company today released a developer beta for iOS 16.1. In effect, that means Apple will skip iPadOS 16 next month and jump straight to iPadOS 16.1 this fall.

The company confirmed the decision in a statement (first reported by TechCrunch), citing flexibility to separate launches due to platform-specific features for iPad users.

The declaration also made on the site (and since requested by Trusted reviews) says, “This is a particularly significant year for iPadOS. As a clean platform with features built specifically for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.

The statement confirms previous reports from Bloomberg, which was first to learn of a possible schedule change for iPadOS 16.

This report contained information that one of the key features of iPadOS – Stage Manager – was not yet ready for prime time. Stage Manager is a core feature of iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, and is designed to give users quick access to whatever they’re working on from clustered thumbnail windows on the left side of the screen.

In betas of iPadOS 16, the feature was buggy, while there were also compatibility issues with older iPads. Although Apple doesn’t directly state that Stage Manager is the reason for this, and it delayed key features while launching the operating system, it looks like iPadOS 16 isn’t ready yet.

This marks a change of precedent for Apple. Since the separation of the two mobile operating systems, Apple had maintained concurrent release dates for its iPad and iPhone hardware. Apple should have launched iPadOS 16 in the next 2-3 weeks, shortly after the iPhone 14 launch event scheduled for September 7. We could now see the launch of iPadOS 16.1 alongside the new hardware in October.

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