It appears that Apple plans to postpone the launch of iPadOS 16 to a later date. As a result, the operating system does not arrive at the same time as iOS 16. That was always common until now. The upgrades for both systems traditionally appear in September.
The information comes out through Bloomberg. As it looks now, iPadOS 16 will be released in October: one month later than planned. That’s not even that big of a difference, but it might give Apple just a little more time to fix some bugs.
iPadOS 16 may be released later
The big question is, of course, what’s going on? Bloomberg writes that there are issues with the Stage Manager feature. With that option, the company wants to offer a sort of Mac-like windowing experience on the iPad. However, that turns out to be a big undertaking, so the iPadOS team may need more time for it.
What may also play a role is the idea that Apple first wants to complete the work on iOS 16 and therefore deploys extra resources for that. Those resources can then not be used for iPadOS 16, so that it disappears into the background for a while.
Quite a hassle about Stage Manager
It now looks like there is quite a bit of fuss about Stage Manager. Given that the functionality is only available for Apple’s M1 iPad models, it has been the subject of some controversy before. That means that every other iPad without that processor is missing out.
Why Stage Manager will only work on iPads with the M1 chip
Despite the fact that iPadOS is its own full-fledged operating system, the Cupertino company still links it to iOS in terms of releases. Both systems are released simultaneously every year. If the latest rumors are correct, then Apple deviates from its strategy. And that’s something the company doesn’t do too often.
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