Apple confirms that iPadOS 16 is delayed

iPadOS 16
iPadOS 16 (Image credit: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore)

Stage Manager is driving iPadOS 16 out of a September release.

Today, Apple surprised developers by, instead of releasing the seventh beta of iPadOS 16, the company skipped ahead and released the first beta of iPadOS 16.1. In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple confirmed that iPadOS 16.0 would never see the light of day for regular users. 

Instead, the company plans to skip that entirely and release iPadOS 16.1 to the public. Apple says that the release will come out this fall but will not come at the same time as iOS 16.

“This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.”

Apple appears to be trying to fix Stage Manager

Stage Manager on iPad Pro with iPadOS 16

Stage Manager on iPad Pro with iPadOS 16 (Image credit: Bryan M. Wolfe / iMore)

One of the headlining features of iPadOS 16 is Stage Manager and, while the experience has generally gone well for Mac users, that has not been the case for many users trying to use the window management feature on iPadOS.

With the first developer beta of iPadOS 16.1, Apple seems to being trying to fix the feature so it is ready for prime time later this fall. According to the report from TechCrunch, the new developer beta allows users to "resurface the Stage Manager side rail with a gesture while the feature is full screen."

Fittingly, an upgrade to Stage Manager is the headline update here. I’ve grown to really appreciate Stage Manager on the desktop, but using it on a tablet presents its own unique set of parameters, including a smaller screen size and default touchscreen interaction. The big update this time out is the ability to resurface the Stage Manager side rail with a gesture while the feature is full screen. The other updates with 16.1 are the standard spate of beta bug updates

iPadOS 16.1 will release this fall sometime after iOS 16 is released to the public. Many speculate that Apple will release iPadOS 16 in October to coincide with a rumored event that is expected to contain new iPad and Macs.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.