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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is planning to delay the launch of iPadOS 16 until October, which means the iPad software will not launch alongside iOS 16 in September as it typically does, reports Bloomberg.


Apple has been developing a new multitasking feature for the iPad called Stage Manager, with the option designed to offer a more Mac-like multi-window multitasking experience. The delayed launch of iPadOS 16 is said to be partly due to the implementation of Stage Manager as Apple is still working out bugs. A delayed launch will allow Apple to devote more time to finishing iOS 16, and then the company will be able to shift to working on iPadOS 16.

Stage Manager is limited to the M1 iPad Pro and iPad Air models, and it is not available on older iPads, which has caused some controversy. Apple maintains that it is not possible to offer an acceptable multitasking experience on older iPads, hence the limitation.

Since Apple split iPadOS into its own operating system in 2019, iPadOS releases have largely been tied to iOS releases, with software updates for the iPhone and the iPad launching at the same time. The delayed launch of iPadOS 16 will mark a departure from Apple's standard release plans.

Introducing iPadOS 16 in October means the software will be timed to launch closer to new iPads. Apple is developing a new M2 version of the iPad Pro with an M2 chip, and an entry-level iPad that features a USB-C port, both of which are expected to debut later this year.

Article Link: Apple to Delay iPadOS 16 Launch Until October


macrumors 68000
Sep 29, 2016
Makes sense if it is buggy. Unlike the iPhone, there isn't normally a refreshed iPad at the September event.


macrumors member
Jul 15, 2006
Is it really delayed tho since new iPads will be introduced in Fall October's event?

It would make sense to release the new iPad OS with the launch of new iPads on the line up.
Came here to say exactly this.

Bet this is used to kick off M2 iPad Pro and/or there's some kind of M2 exclusive Pro feature operating at the low level that isn't playing nice with the OS.


macrumors 68040
Jun 20, 2007
Makes sense to me, the recent beta releases of both Ventura and iPad OS are very buggy, plus apple will always prioritize iOS and watchOS to coincide with the hardware releases.


macrumors G3
Mar 27, 2017
iPadOS 16 runs on A9/2GB so I’m not surprised it needs more polish to get it out the door.

The iOS team took a chainsaw cutting out A10 from iOS 16 probably to make the September deadline along with adding new iPhone 14 Pro features.
Who knows, maybe Apple is looking to give non M1 iPads some form of stage manager
Ha, I don't think that's even an open. Apple was not satisfied with the results. That idea was shot down in Cupertino a long time ago.

My intake: Apple wants everyone to order new iPad equipment with M1 and M2 chips period 🙏
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