As we get closer to September, many people are looking forward to the iPhone 14, and as Apple has long said, the new opportunity will come with iOS 16, which will also be available, but this year may be different.
Apple is delaying the release of the next major update to its iPad software by about a month, according to people familiar with the matter, a departure from its usual practice of releasing it alongside new iPhone software.
In past years, the company has released major software updates for ipads and iphones in September, with iPadOS and iOS, respectively. This time, apple plans to launch iOS 16 around the same time as usual, and has pushed back the iPadOS16 until October.
The delay is at least partly due to Apple's ambitious attempt to reinvent the iPad's multitasking capabilities. The update includes a feature called Stage Manager that lets users run multiple tasks at once, resize Windows and more.
During testing, the system was criticized by some developers and users for bugs, confusing interfaces and incompatibility with most ipads. The staggered release also allows Apple to devote more resources to iOS 16, the latest version of its software that will ship with the iPhone 14 in September。
The change will also bring the launch of iPadOS 16 closer to the introduction of new hardware for the iPad. The announcement follows news that the company plans to introduce a new version of the iPad Pro with the M2 chip and a faster entry-level iPad with a USB-C port.
An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the plans. That plan could change as the fall product launch season approaches.