Gurman: iPadOS 16.1 is launching in a couple of weeks

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

If you've been waiting patiently for iPadOS 16, it seems you only have a couple of more weeks to wait.

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, iPadOS 16 will launch to the public the week of October 24. The journalist took to Twitter to say that the software update "is on track" to be released in two weeks:

iPadOS 16.1 is on track to be released the week of Oct. 24th — barring any new bugs or issues. Apple has historically held launches the week of its earnings calls in October.

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What about an iPad and Mac October event?

If Apple is planning to release iPadOS 16.1 the last full week of October, it calls into question if the company will host an event for the iPad and Mac as it does from year to year.

Rumors continue to build about the 10th generation iPad, iPad Pro with M2 chip, and some new Macs, so it normally wouldn't be surprising to see the company host an event in October for those new devices. However, Apple is hosting its Q4 earnings call on October 27, which also happens to fall on the same week that Gurman says iPadOS 16.1 is launching.

As the journalist mentions, the company does not usually release its software updates during the same week as its earning calls. It would also be weird if it went even further and held an event in the same week. Could they? Sure. Will they? Ehhhhhhhh...

For now, let's focus on and enjoy all of the announcements that Apple has made at its recent "Far Out" event. It's time to get hyped about the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Plus, Apple Watch SE 2, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra, and AirPods Pro 2.

Whether it's through an event or a press release, we'll worry about iPads and Macs when the time comes.

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.