Apple Confirms iPadOS 16 Delay, Releases First iPadOS 16.1 Beta

Apple has today released the first beta of iPadOS 16.1 while also confirming that iPadOS 16 won’t make the September release that was originally expected.

We’ve been hearing for a few weeks now that Apple could be delaying iPadOS 16 and now that’s been made official.

TechCrunch reports that iPadOS 16.0 will never actually ship, with iPadOS 16.1 being the first one to arrive in October. As a result, we can probably expect iOS 16.1 to be released in October as well.

This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.

Apple was reportedly struggling to get iPadOS 16 into a fit state ready for the anticipated September release, thanks in no small way to the fact that Stage Manager was proving problematic. The new multitasking system has come in for criticism from many, and Apple is said to be improving matters with iPadOS 16.1.

The big update this time out is the ability to resurface the Stage Manager side rail with a gesture while the feature is full screen. The other updates with 16.1 are the standard spate of beta bug updates

The news comes as Apple released the seventh beta of iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16 to developers ahead of their September release.

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