Apple has confirmed reports that it will change the typical releases of major updates to its operating system this year. For the first time in years, the company will not release a public build of the new iPadOS at the same time as the next iOS. iOS 16 is expected to arrive shortly after Apple’s regular September iPhone event. However, the company says it will release the next iPadOS this fall. What’s more, it won’t be offering iPadOS 16.0 to everyone – the company will move straight to iPadOS 16.1 for public builds. It’s unclear if Apple plans to release iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 at the same time to bring them back to the same update release frequency. “This is a particularly important year for iPadOS.
Because it is a proprietary platform with features specifically designed for the iPad, we have the ability to release iPadOS on our own schedule,” Apple told TechCrunch. “This fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS 16.1 as a free software update.” The company made the announcement right after the release of the iPadOS 16.1 beta. The standout feature of this year’s iPadOS is Stage Manager, a multi-tasking tool for the M1-based iPad that allows users better control over windows. The idea is that you can resize them and layer them on top of each other as you like. In the first beta of iPadOS 16, the Stage Manager was flawed. We hope that this build will fix some issues so that the feature works as it should.