29 December 2022
Apple has finally released iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura for respective eligible devices. The two new operating systems were announced at this year's WWDC but their public release got delayed. The usual release happens soon after the hardware launch event where Apple announces new iPhone models.
The iPadOS 16 delay was said to be due to Stage Manager development. It is a new multitasking feature that automatically organizes apps and windows for fast switching between them. Users can also create overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view, drag and drop windows from the side, or open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps for faster, more flexible multitasking.
The update adds iCloud Shared Photo Library which makes it easier to share photos and videos with family and friends. It brings the Weather application to iPads for the first time. Other major features are largely the same as what we saw with the iOS 16 release. If you have an eligible iPad, the update should become available anytime soon if it has not already.
macOS Ventura is the newest operating system version available for supported Mac devices. It has the Stage Manager feature which is also available on iPadOS 16. Continuity Camera feature will now let you use your iPhone as a webcam. All you need to do is to place your iPhone at the top of your Mac using a stand and it will connect automatically. There are a few more features to improve your video calling experience and overall user experience of using a Mac.
Lastly, Apple has released iOS 16.1 for eligible iPhone models. It brings many features like Live Activities, iCloud Shared Photo Library, Clean Energy Charging, and more. It is now possible to use Apple Fitness+ on iPhones without the need for pairing an Apple Watch. It also adds battery percentage in the status bar for select older models like iPhone 11 and iPhone 13 Mini which did not have it originally.