This is according to “people knowledgeable” speaking to Bloomberg (opens in a new tab)who say the delay is at least partly because iPadOS 16 is so ambitious and could benefit from the extra development time.
The key to this update is Stage Manager, a feature already available in beta versions of the software, and which aims to transform multitasking on the iPad, with the aim of improving productivity and bringing tablet functionality closer to a Mac. So that’s a big change, and something that Apple doesn’t include in iOS 16, so iPhone software probably needs less work.
But that’s not the only reason given for the delay. Apparently this would also allow Apple to focus more on iOS 16 in the coming weeks, so while it might need less extra attention, both OS updates might get more attention due of this delay.
We’d take these claims with a grain of salt for now, but the article was written by Mark Gurman, who has a solid background in Apple information.
While this rumored delay is unconfirmed, it would certainly make sense, as in our hands-on impressions of the iPadOS 16 betawe noted that Stage Manager is an exciting but currently quite flawed feature.
We found it could be surprisingly clunky and unintuitive, so it could definitely use some extra development time to polish it up.
iOS 16, meanwhile, seems to be in much better shape, according to our iOS 16 hands-on betaso it should be relatively easy for Apple to complete by September.