Apple plans to release iPadOS 16.1 in the last week of October barring any new software bugs or issues, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.


In a tweet today, Gurman said that iPadOS 16.1 is on track to be released the week of October 24. Apple will likely release iOS 16.1 at the same time as iPadOS 16.1, as the latest beta of each update has the same build number.

Given the delay, iPadOS 16 will be released as iPadOS 16.1 instead. The update is compatible with all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad mini 5th generation and later, and iPad 5th generation and later.

Apple previously said iPadOS 16 would be released in October, but the company did not provide a specific release date.

iPadOS 16 was originally expected to be released along with iOS 16 in September, but Apple the update delayed after some users criticized the new Stage Manager feature which allows multiple apps to be used in overlapping windows.

Apple recently Stage Manager extended to older iPad Pro models with A12X and A12Z chips released in 2018 and 2020, albeit without external display support, limiting the function to four apps on the built-in display of these models. Apple has also postponed external display support for iPad models with the M1 chip until later this year.

Apple has been improving Stage Manager in recent weeks, but some users said the feature still has several problems in the latest iPadOS 16 beta.

macOS Ventura will also be released in October – possibly alongside iPadOS 16.1.

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