26 September 2022
UPDATE (August 24th, 2022):
Apple has made it official that the iPadOS 16 release will indeed get delayed. It gave confirmation in a statement shared with TechCrunch where it revealed that the release will take place in October. It will skip the first build and will jump straight to iPadOS 16.1.
The official note says,
“This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed 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.”
Original (August 4th, 2022)
Even though Apple has separated operating systems for iPhone and iPad, it has continued with the approach of releasing them at the same time. This is expected to change this year as Apple is reportedly considering delaying the iPadOS 16 release by a month. The report is coming from Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter.
The reason for the delay is related to a major iPadOS 16 feature called Stage Manager. It is a feature aimed at improving the multi-tasking experience on iPads. It will essentially deliver multi-tasking similar to a Mac. The report says there are still a number of major bugs to be fixed for the development team which will take time. Even beta tester users have found the feature to be quite confusing to use.
As a result, Apple is now thinking of releasing iPadOS 16 in the month of October. This will be one month after the iOS 16 release which will happen in the usual September. The newly expected release plan will also put iPadOS 16 rollouts closer to the launch of new iPad models. The rumors have suggested a new entry-level iPad and an M2-powered iPad will arrive on the market.
The 10th-generation budget iPad is said to come with 5G connectivity. It will be powered by the new A14 Bionic chip and the biggest change will be the addition of a USB Type-C port. The display size is expected to get increase and could go as high as 10.9-inches. However, it will continue to be a Retina Display with the same resolution.