Apple confirms iPadOS 16 delayed until after iOS 16 — what this means for you

Apple’s gearing up to release iPadOS 16 and iOS 16 before the end of 2022, but now the Cupertino-based company has confirmed iPad owners won’t get their next big OS update in September as expected.

This delay is significant because it marks the first time in a long while that Apple has staggered the release of major updates to its iPhone and iPad operating systems. For years September has been the month that new versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS are released to the public, but in 2022 we may be waiting a bit between when iOS 16 drops in September and when iPadOS 16 releases later this fall.

iPadOS 16 at WWDC 2022

Stage Manager is coming to both Macs and iPads this year, though as you can see it looks a bit more cramped on an iPad display. (Image credit: Apple via YouTube)

This news comes courtesy of a comment an Apple spokesperson made to TechCrunch (opens in new tab), which reads “this Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.” That’s significant for two reasons: Not only is iPadOS 16 coming later than usual, it’s also not being released to the public until version 16.1, rather than the usual 16.0 public release.

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