Apple might delay iPadOS 16 launch till October

Apple manufactures big changes to multitasking and collaboration in iPadOS 16, asking users and developers to get used to Stage Manager’s ambitious new user interface. Now, according to anonymous sources, Bloomberg Mark Gurman reports that, unlike in previous years when new versions of iOS and iPadOS were released at the same time, the company will delay the launch of iPadOS 16. This would mean we can expect new iPhone software in September as usual, followed by an iPadOS update. In October.

Gurman said the delay was partly due to the stage manager, in our iPadOS 16 preview, The Verge’s David Pierce didn’t like it very much:

We’ll reserve the full solution for review this fall, but so far I hate the stage manager. Stacks take up too much screen space, and it takes too much work to place application windows. (One funny thing in the beta: when you turn on Stage Manager, it instantly forces the settings app to render at an unsupported size, and it crashes. So do many other apps.) When you open fullscreen mode. program, you can no longer use the Stage Manager and it is not clear how to retrieve or stack items.

Gurman also says the switch will allow Apple to launch iPadOS 16 closer to when it releases new iPad hardware; he reports that the company is working on an iPad Pro with Apple’s new M2 chip and an entry-level iPad that will finally switch to USB-C.

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