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Apple may delay iPadOS 16 launch until October

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Apple is making big changes to multitasking and collaboration in iPadOS 16, asking users and developers to get used to the ambitious new Stage Manager UI. Now, based on anonymous sources, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports: that unlike previous years when new versions of iOS and iPadOS came out at the same time, the company will delay the launch of iPadOS 16. That would mean we can expect new iPhone software as usual in September, followed by an iPadOS update in October.

Gurman said the delay is partly due to Stage Manager, which in our preview of iPadOS 16, The Verges David Pierce didn’t like that much:

We will retain full verdict for our review this fall, but so far I hate Stage Manager. The stacks take up too much space on the screen and it takes way too much work to place the app windows exactly like that. (A funny beta moment: When you enable Stage Manager, it immediately forces the Settings app to render at a format it doesn’t support, and breaks it. Lots of other apps do that too.) When you open a full screen app, you’re from Stage Manager and it’s not clear how to get back or put things on the stack.

Gurman also says the shift will allow Apple to launch iPadOS 16 closer to the release of new iPad hardware; he reports that the company is working on an iPad Pro with Apple’s new M2 chip and a base-level iPad that will eventually make the move to USB-C.

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