Ever since Apple created iPadOS and separated its tablet software from its iOS phone software, updates for both have gone out at the same time. But that could all change next month if a new report from “people with knowledge of the matter” is correct.
Apparently, Apple plans to delay the release of iPadOS 16 by about a month compared to iOS 16. The latter would be released in September as usual for a new iOS release, while iPadOS 16 would not appear until October.
Stage Manager in iPadOS 16
The reason? The new Stage Manager multitasking system built into iPadOS 16 is taking longer than expected to develop. During the ongoing beta testing phase of the new software, Stage Manager has been criticized by some developers for being buggy and confusing, on top of its lack of compatibility with most iPads out there.
The delayed release of iPadOS 16 will bring it closer to the launch of new iPads, which could happen in October. Rumor has it that we’ll see an iPad Pro with the M2 chip and a faster entry-level iPad with a USB-C port.
For what it’s worth, Apple declined to comment, but has previously mentioned that several features planned for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 won’t make it to their original versions. So either iPadOS 16 as a whole will be delayed, or it will launch without Stage Manager, which will then be added in iPadOS 16.1 or something along those lines.