Apple this morning is rolling out iPadOS 16.1 beta to enrolled developer units. It’s a break from the usual release cadence, which has tied collectively the pill working system with its smartphone counterpart, iOS, since its first release in 2019.
In a remark to TechCrunch, the corporate notes, “That is an particularly huge yr for iPadOS. As its personal platform with options particularly designed for iPad, we’ve the flexibleness to ship iPadOS by itself schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as model 16.1 in a free software program replace.”
In different phrases, Apple will likely be skipping the iPadOS 16.0 release within the fall and going straight to 16.1. This implies the primary model of iPadOS 16 will ship to non-beta customers after the arrival of the primary iOS model. It appears doubtless the 2 16.1 releases will arrive at – or round – the identical time, although Apple hasn’t confirmed the hypothesis. The transfer is exclusive, however not unprecedented, for Apple software program releases.
It might additionally symbolize an additional differentiation between the OSes, which have been principally uniform, save for workflow and different options custom-made for the bigger display. The 2 working methods are constructed on the identical basis, however it appears doubtless the corporate will do extra to differentiate the 2, going ahead, because it continues to place the iPad as a instrument for critical work.
As Apple notes in its remark, at very least, which means that – very similar to, say, macOS – the iPadOS release will not be instantly tied to the iOS release schedule. The corporate can replace the pill’s working system because it sees match.
iPadOS 16 debuted earlier this summer time, on the firm’s annual WWDC occasion. The centerpiece of the brand new software program is Stage Supervisor, which like its macOS counterpoint, provides simpler multitasking and switching between apps. The replace arrives amid consumer criticism across the pill implementation of the brand new characteristic.
Fittingly, an improve to Stage Supervisor is the headline replace right here. I’ve grown to essentially recognize Stage Supervisor on the desktop, however utilizing it on a pill presents its personal distinctive set of parameters, together with a smaller display dimension and default touchscreen interplay. The massive replace this day out is the flexibility to resurface the Stage Supervisor facet rail with a gesture whereas the characteristic is full display. The opposite updates with 16.1 are the usual spate of beta bug updates
Late final month, Apple responded to consumer suggestions on iOS 16 by bringing an edit historical past to iMessage. The iPhone working system is about for a fall arrival, doubtless across the firm’s rumored September iPhone 14 occasion.