After a delay and a renaming to iPadOS 16.1, it was claimed that the software update for iPads could arrive on October 24, six weeks after the release of iOS 16 and watchOS 9.
It’s an update considered one of the most important to come to Apple’s tablet, and it’s not just because of the arrival of the weather app. Stage Manager is the latest method to help you manage multiple apps at the same time, as well as enabling external display support.
However, not only has the feature been updated to work on other iPads, but support for external displays has been deferred to a later version.
However, there’s a lot to enjoy in iPadOS 16.1 – so with that in mind, here’s what should be coming to your iPad in late October.
What’s Included in iPadOS 16.1
iPadOS 16.1 is on track to be released the week of October 24th — barring any new bugs or issues. Apple has historically held releases the week of its earnings calls in October.October 10, 2022
With Stage Manager announcing a major move to multitasking on the iPad, we don’t see a situation where October 24th arrives with iPadOS 16.1 and the feature is nowhere to be seen. It’s too important an addition to leave out, so we expect it to arrive later in the month, albeit with a few bugs.
However, while you can use what’s also available in iOS 16 – like the improved email and messaging features – there are a number of unique improvements you can only take advantage of when iPadOS 16.1 arrives, like the Weather app.
First debuting in iOS 14, the app is migrating to iPadOS and macOS Ventura, where it features an expanded layout, allowing you to see more information such as forecast rain, detailed temperature maps, and more.
There’s also an effort by Apple to make each of its iPad apps ‘desktop-class’, which means adding menus you can easily access for features and shortcuts that would otherwise be inaccessible on iOS.
With October 24th fast approaching, there will be a feature in iPadOS 16.1 that you’ll find useful at the very least, but it depends on how Stage Manager is released.