iPadOS 16: Apple might delay the Launch

Apple is making significant changes to multitasking and association in iPadOS 16, asking users and developers to bring users to its ambitious new Stage Manager user interface.

Based on anonymous sources, unlike in previous years, when new versions of iOS and iPadOS have come out simultaneously, the company will delay the launch of iPadOS 16. That would mean we can predict new iPhone software in September, followed by an iPadOS update in October.

The uncertainty is due in part to Stage Manager, which, in the preview of iPadOS 16, David Pierce didn’t like very much:

We’ll reserve full review for our review this fall, but I hate Stage Manager so far. The ridges take up too much room on the screen, and it obtains way too much work to put the app windows just so. Also, when you unlock a full-screen app, you’re out of Stage Manager, and it’s not apparent how to get back or set things into the piles.

The shift will let Apple launch iPadOS 16 closer to when it releases new iPad hardware; he reports that the company is working on an iPad Pro with Apple’s new M2 chip and a base-level iPad that will finally switch to USB-C.

iPadOS 16 is the fourth and forthcoming major release of the iPadOS operating system developed by Apple for its iPad line of tablet computers. The successor to iPadOS 15 was announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6, 2022, along with iOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

In addition, it received numerous new features, enhancing multitasking and many other aspects of the operating system. The public version of iPadOS 16 is expected to be discharged in late 2022, while the public beta was released on July 11.

Features of iPadOS 16

  • Weather: A version of the Weather app was added.
  • Lock screen: The Lock Screen has a new font and displays the date above the time to match iOS 16 but lacks the new customization features.
  • Stage Manager: On iPads with an M1 chip, Stage Manager allows up to 4 apps to be displayed in adjustable windows and enable the user to switch between different stages with different sets of apps.
  • External Displays: iPads with an M1 chip now have full external display support using Stage Manager instead of screen mirroring.
  • Display Zoom: iPads with M1 now can change the text size to fit more on screen.