It appears that the iPad software will not be released alongside iOS 16 in September as it generally does, since the tech giant Apple plans to delay the debut of iPadOS 16 until October.
Apple is working on a new multitasking feature for the iPad dubbed Stage Manager, which is aimed at delivering a more Mac-like multi-window multitasking experience, according to Bloomberg and MacRumors.
Stage Manager’s implementation has been blamed for the delay in the release of iPadOS 16, as Apple continues to sort out problems. Delaying the rollout of iOS 16 allows Apple to focus on developing the next version of the iPad operating system.
Some people are upset that Stage Manager can only be used on the M1 iPad Pro and iPad Air models, and that it isn’t available for previous iPads. Apple claims that it is difficult to provide an appropriate multitasking experience on older iPads.
Since Apple divided iPadOS into its own operating system in 2019, iPadOS releases have been primarily related to iOS releases, with software updates for the iPhone and iPad appearing simultaneously.
Apple’s usual release schedule will be broken with the iPad OS 16 delay. According to the rumor, Apple’s decision to release iPadOS 16 in October coincides with the release of the next generation of iPads.
The tech giant is working on a new M2 version of the iPad Pro with an M2 chip, as well as an entry-level iPad that will have a USB-C port. Both of these products are anticipated to be introduced later on this year.