Apple, Inc. Bloomberg columnist, AAPL may delay the release of the next iteration of iPadOS – the operating system that powers the iPad, by about a month until October, Bloomberg columnist Mark Gurmani Said last week.
Delay, why this makes sense: iPadOS 16 will launch alongside macOS Ventura in October, while iOS 16 – the iPhone OS and new Apple Watch software – will be unveiled in September, the Apple author said in his weekly “Power On” newsletter.
According to Gurman, the postponement makes sense, as Apple seeks to make the iPad more Mac-like. The columnist sees the following as an argument for a possible delay in the launch of iPadOS.
Both hardware will get Stage Manager, a multitasking feature that lets users organize their desktops.
The launch of Stage Manager along with iOS 16, new iPhones and Apple Watches would have created unnecessary distractions for both the marketing and software engineering teams.
The delay gives Apple more time to address kinks in the new feature.
Apple launches new iPads several times in October, and so the company may have thought it appropriate to launch both hardware and software simultaneously.
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Possible pushback: Gurman sees some risk in staggering the iPadOS 16 and iOS16 launches, especially for users who have both an iPhone and an iPad. He noted that new iMessage features like retrieving and editing messages won’t work natively between iOS 16 and iPadOS 15 devices.
“Other new features — such as iCloud Shared Photo Library, more advanced collaboration tools, and the ability to transfer FaceTime calls between devices — won’t work as well for those users,” he said.
Even so, the delay is probably still worth it, Gurman said.
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