Apple has started rolling out the latest operating system for iPad – iPadOS 16.1 beta which will be registered for development devices only.
According to reports from TechCrunch, this is a change from the usual release cycle, which has tied the tablet operating system to iOS, its mobile counterpart, since its initial release in 2019.
“This is a particularly important year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features built specifically for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule,” the company said.
“This fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update,” he added.
According to the report, the tech giant may skip the iPadOS 16.0 release in the fall and go straight to 16.1. This means that the first version of iPadOS 16 will be delivered to non-beta users after the first iOS version arrives.
Although Apple hasn’t said so, the report mentions that it seems likely that both 16.1 updates will be released at the same time.
iPadOS 16 debuted earlier this year at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event.
One of the main features of the new software is Stage Manager, which, like its macOS counterpart, makes multitasking and app switching easier.
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