Every year, Apple typically releases a major update for iPhone (iOS) and iPad (iPadOS) at the same time with many of the same new features. However, iPad owners will have to wait a bit longer this time.
Apple is still on track to release iOS 16 for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) sometime this fall, likely when the new iPhones are revealed, currently rumored for September 7th. However, the accompanying iPadOS 16 update for iPads did not roll out at the same time. In fact, Apple is skipping iPadOS 16.0 altogether: The company has just released a beta for iPadOS 16.1, and the full version will likely arrive as iOS 16.1.
apple said TechCrunch in a statement, “This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As your own platform with features designed specifically for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on your own schedule. This fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.”
iPadOS 16 has come under fire in recent months for its Stage Manager feature, which is also coming to macOS Ventura later this year. Stage Manager enables iPads to have desktop-like overlay windows for the first time, but the current implementation is confusing and buggyand it still doesn’t work with all apps. It’s rare that a new iPhone or iPad feature gets scrutinized as much as Stage Manager, so it makes sense for Apple to delay iPadOS 16 to make much-needed changes.
I finally went ahead and *disabled* Stage Manager on my iPad Pro. For now.
As much as I love using 3-4 apps at once, the implementation isn’t quite there yet. It crashes every few minutes; difficult to use multi-window for the same application; The user interface fails everywhere.
I hope Apple delays this.
-Federico Viticci (@viticci) August 18, 2022
TechCrunch reports that the new beta has “the ability to reappear the Stage Manager side rail with a gesture while the feature is full screen.” Apple could make more adjustments before the final release on the best iPads.