The delay of iPadOS 16 heralds the start of its independence from iOS.

The delay in the introduction of iPadOS 16 marks the beginning of these modifications this year. In reality, iPadOS 16.0 won’t ever be available; instead, when it arrives, it will launch with version 16.1. The minor issue is that Apple hasn’t specified a debut date for iPadOS 16.1, simply that it would follow the release of iOS 16. According to rumors, the ideal moment for this release is in October, right around the time that Apple will introduce new iPads.

Users may not find this timetable modification to be all that noteworthy as long as they continue to receive the update. On the other hand, app developers can unexpectedly find themselves at a perplexing and unpleasant crossroads. The joint release of the two platforms makes it easier to deliver app updates for both at the same time, and many iOS apps today target both iOS and iPadOS in a single package. However, due to the two different release dates, these universal apps will either need to be launched with a bundle that may or may not contain a broken or incomplete iPadOS app.

After dropping this bombshell on developers, it’s clear that Apple will need to solve it shortly. Apple’s decision to make such an unexpected step, which will become its new approach going forward, is still puzzling. The new iPadOS 16.1 beta is attempting to solve the potential cause of this year’s iPadOS delay, which may be due to difficulties with the new Stage Manager function, but making that delay the de facto norm for iPadOS still seems intriguing and puzzling.

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