iPadOS 16.1 expected to arrive near the end of October

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in iPad edited October 2022
Apple's iPadOS 16.1 and iOS 16.1 are still expected to arrive in October -- but it'll be close.

iPadOS 16 introduces Stage Manager, a window management tool for iPad
iPadOS 16 introduces Stage Manager, a window management tool for iPad


Apple announced in September that iPadOS 16 would arrive in October. And now, the operating system is rumored to arrive one week before the end of the month.

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.

-- Mark Gurman (@markgurman)


If the predicted date is correct, that means that Apple will make the "release candidate" available on or around October 18. A beta is still expected on or around October 11 as well.

The company is also expected to release macOS Ventura alongside the other operating systems.

It's not entirely clear why Apple decided to wait until October for iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. The most likely explanation is the pair will arrive alongside as-yet unannounced hardware. Waiting on a hardware announcement to release pending operating systems will prevent code disassemblers from gleaning details about new products.

Apple has already said that the first release of iPadOS 16 will be iPadOS 16.1, to stay consistent with iOS 16 revision numbers.

Apple's improvements to iPadOS 16 include the introduction of Stage Manager for some iPad Pro models to better handle app windows on multiple displays, along with many iOS 16 changes.

Apple's beta testing cycle is still underway for iPadOS 16. In the fifth beta, Apple brought back the battery percentage indicator, which got a lot of social traction. That beta also had a new Lock Screen music visualizer, an audio tone for locating the Apple Watch, screenshot changes, and alterations to Music for Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio indicators.

The fourth beta of iOS 16 included changes ranging from reducing the unsend-message time to just two minutes, displaying a log of changes for edited Messages communications, Lock Screen refinements, to new wallpapers and an ActivityKit API.

The third beta added a Lockdown mode that disabled various commonly-exploited aspects, one intended for use by activists, journalists, and government officials who may become targets of hacking. Apple also included the first implementation of the shared Photos library, tweaks to the Lock Screen, and changes to Stage Manager.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    Unfortunately, I find the iPad to be too expensive when paired with a decent keyboard compared to their laptops.
    iOS16 to me is the first operating system that actually brings productivity features that was was lacking for power users. 
    byronlwilliamlondon
  • Reply 2 of 5
    My M1-based iPad Pro is my favourite Apple gadget. Paired with the Magic Keyboard it really eases the typing fatigue I get when tapping on a 
    byronlwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,834member
    So if they are looking at the last week of October for their event, I guess the suggestions that there would be a third one in November aren’t likely to pan out. 
    Unfortunately, I find the iPad to be too expensive when paired with a decent keyboard compared to their laptops.
    iOS16 to me is the first operating system that actually brings productivity features that was was lacking for power users. 
    Well yeah. If what you want is just a laptop, then save money and go with another model. I wanted a laptop and the ability to pull the screen out to use separately when I didn’t need the keyboard, and a tablet that I could draw on. For that it works very well.
    byronlwilliamlondondewmewatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    thttht Posts: 5,530member
    I'm curious to try Stage Manager!

    I would have made different choices, but if it allows applications that are not in the foreground to keep on running, that will go a long ways. Like an app that is downloading stuff in the background. Or instead of closing an app, it is not killed but swaps out and you can bring it back to it's last state. A lot of apps are bad at preserving state, though I supposed security has something to do with that.
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    My 27 inch iMac just bricked during installation of public beta 10. MacOS recovery also
    stalled so I have to do a clean install. I know about the risks of beta’s but I never had a bricked device. Especially with a beta 10. I don’t think this thing is ready for launch. Not happy.
    edited October 2022
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