New Apple products are likely coming in September, but iPadOS may not arrive until October.
This is according to Bloomberg, whose Mark Gurman claims that Apple will likely delay iPadOS by about a month. Typically, Apple will release new iPhones and other hardware products in mid-September, with new versions of iOS and iPadOS coming at the same time.
The likely culprit for the delay is Stage Manager, a new feature that extends the iPad’s multitasking capabilities. It lets you group multiple windows into “stacks” and keeps all open windows in a tab on the left. Stage Manager is currently available in beta versions of iPadOS and macOS, and Gurman claims that the iPadOS version was simply too confusing and confusing for users, forcing Apple to rework it.
Give Apple’s new Stage Manager for macOS a try. You might end up loving it.
I’ve been using Stage Manager on both macOS and iPadOS for a few weeks. While neither was perfect, I definitely noticed more bugs and inconsistencies in the iPadOS version. For example, swiping up to reveal all my open apps and then selecting one sometimes wouldn’t work, and some apps were clearly not designed to work with the new feature as their interface would be scrambled.
However, the delayed launch may end up making some sense. Apple is unlikely to release new iPads alongside new iPhones. Instead, the company might unveil a new iPad Pro and iPad later in autumn. Perhaps the release of iPadOS 16 will align with this event.