The first beta of the next iPadOS 16.1 update was seeded by Apple today to developers for testing. The software is now accessible alongside the standard iOS 16 seventh beta that was made available today.
The iPadOS 16 profile is available for registered developers to download from the Apple Developer Center, and once installed, the beta will be delivered wirelessly.
Apple has chosen to postpone the release of iPadOS 16 so that it may continue to fix bugs and other problems with the Stage Manager functionality that will be available for M1 iPad models.
Apple indicated in a statement to TechCrunch that iPadOS 16.0 won’t be available at first; instead, the company intends to release iPadOS 16.1 after the release of iOS 16.
For iPadOS, this year is very significant. We have the freedom to release iPadOS on its own timeline because it is its own platform with features tailored particularly for the iPad. After iOS, iPadOS will release version 16.1 this Fall as a free software update.
Stage Manager on iPadOS 16.1 includes new features, claims TechCrunch.
The main improvement this time is the ability to use a motion to resurface the Stage Manager side rail while the feature is full screen. The other improvements included in 16.1 are the customary round of beta bug fixes.
Apple rarely separates the debuts of iOS and iPadOS, but in this instance it did so because the most recent iPadOS version is still rife with issues and is receiving a lot of negative feedback on the multitasking Stage Manager feature.