Why iPadOS 16 is not available at the same time as iOS 16?

iOS 16 has been available on iPhones since September 12, but not iPadOS 16, which followed the same development cycle. For the tablet, it will be necessary to wait until October.

Update of September 12, 2022, after the release of iOS 16:

iOS 16 is available, but not iPadOS 16. This absence may have surprised tablet users, but do not worry if the update is not offered to you. As mentioned at the end of August in this article, Apple has deliberately postponed the launch of iPadOS 16 until at least October, the time to refine several functions. iPads will be eligible for the update, but only in a few weeks. So stop updating the “Software update” section, you won’t find anything there.

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On its site, Apple confirms the launch of iPadOS 16 in October. // Source: Numerama

Original article, published on August 24, 2022:

The fate of the iPad has almost always been linked to that of the iPhone. There was a small exception at the very beginning (iOS 4 arrived in June 2010 on iPhones, followed by iOS 4.2 in November 2010 on iPads) but since then Apple’s tablet has always received its updates in Same as iPhones. Why ? Largely because their operating systems are based on the same foundations, despite the emancipation of iPad to iPadOS in 2019. So logic would dictate that iPadOS 16 would arrive at the same time as iOS 16, which should be launched mid-September, just before the iPhone 14.

For the first time, Apple is changing strategy. The Californian brand confirms the rumors released in early August: iPadOS 16 will be released later.

iPadOS 16.1 already in test

Why announce this now, when an Apple keynote is looming for early September? The development of iOS 16 is coming to an end, which means that Apple is releasing more and more beta versions. On August 23, the Californian brand released the seventh preview version of iOS 16, but did not accompany it with a new beta of iPadOS 16. Instead, Apple offered developers to install iPadOS 16.1, which should be released several weeks after iOS 16. The brand has confirmed at Techcrunch that iPadOS 16.1 will be the first update of its tablet, deprived of iPadOS 16.0 in September.

“This fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update. »

Apple at Techcrunch

Why is Apple changing strategy? The most logical track seems to be that of the software delay. Stage Manager, which allows you to use several windows at the same time on iPad, is extremely criticized by the first users. iPadOS 16.1 also brings first changes, which suggests that it is this file that concerns Apple. By leaving itself one more month, Apple hopes to refine the function so as not to make a fiasco at launch.

“This is a particularly important year for iPadOS. As a full-fledged platform with features built specifically for iPad, we have the ability to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. » explains Apple.

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iPadOS 16.1 will allow using an iPad with an external display. // Source: Numerama screenshot

Apple: two keynotes at the end of 2022?

When will iPadOS 16.1 be released? Logic would dictate that Apple aligns its release with that of macOS Ventura, which should take place in October if we are to believe the habits of the brand. We could have two Apple events at the end of the year:

  • September 7, 2022 : iOS 16, iPhone 14, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Pro et nouveaux AirPods Pro.
  • October 2022: iPadOS 16.1, macOS Ventura, new iPad, new iPad Pro, new Macs with M2 chip.

In the future, will iPadOS stall again on iOS? Have. If this delay does not seem to have been planned at the start, Apple could be done at this new rate and bet everything on the iPhone at each start of the school year, to launch the iPad and the Mac at the same time afterwards.


Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.

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