According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple plans to delay the release of iPadOS 16 by a month, breaking its habit of releasing the update at the same time as iOS.
According to Mark Gurman, postponing this launch will give Apple more time to streamline the Stage Manager functionality, which in beta versions was buggy, difficult to use and limited to newer M1 versions of the iPad. The reporter also points out that pushing the release back a month brings it closer to the release of the new material, which is expected before the end of the year.
Additionally, Apple has already announced that some iOS and iPadOS features, such as the CarPlay update, will not be available immediately and will be added in later updates.
There’s no reason for Apple to keep iOS and iPadOS versions the same
That’s what it is. There is no reason for Apple to keep iOS and iPadOS versions at the same level. Sure, it’s good that the launch takes place a few months after Apple’s WWDC developer conference, but it makes more sense to do so close to, or even in parallel with, an iPad hardware refresh.
Also, Apple needs to focus on iOS. Yes, we need to put an end to the days when iOS releases were complicated, as it has been in the past. I remember some absolutely terrible iOS releases, where critical bugs were dropped into millions of iPhones, and users had to wait for those bugs to be fixed. And if they were lucky, those updates didn’t bring any new bugs.
The difference in usability between iOS and iPadOS is also huge. At the start of 2022, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the company had 1.8 billion active devices worldwide – that number includes iPhones, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch – and that over a billion of them were iPhones.
It is enormous.
No one wants to drop a buggy update on a billion devices.
It’s hard to say how many iPads are in the fleet. I estimate the figure to be between 200 and 250 million. That’s a significant number, but it’s dwarfed by that of the iPhone. If the price to pay for a better and smoother version of iOS is a few weeks delay for iPadOS, then this is a good solution.