Apple plans to delay the launch of iPadOS 16 until October, which means the iPad software won’t launch alongside iOS 16 in September as usual, it reports. Bloomberg.

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Apple has developed a new multitasking feature for ‌iPad‌ called Stage Manager, with the option designed to offer a more Mac-like multi-window multitasking experience. implementation of Stage Manager as Apple is still fixing bugs. A delayed launch will allow Apple to spend more time completing ‌iOS 16‌, so the company can move on to work on ‌iPadOS 16‌.

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

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

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

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