iPadOS 16 Overview Updated May 5, 2022

iPadOS 16: New features, compatibility, release date

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February 2022 - May 2022

iPadOS 16

iPadOS 16 will be the next major milestone release of Apple’s operating system for the iPad. The update will be introduced in June and likely be released to the public in September. Here’s everything we know so far.

New features in iPadOS 16

iPadOS 16 concept

Apple is set to introduce a new version of iPadOS in the next few months. This operating system will be based on iOS 16 (codename Sydney). So far, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says this new version will bring “nice upgrades.”

Users are still waiting for iPadOS to unleash the iPad Pro’s full potential. With a Mac chip inside of it, the company held back with iPadOS 15.

Rumors so far say Apple plans to introduce a new Lock Screen design. For iPadOS 15, it was rumored that Apple would bring macOS Big Sur icons to the iPhone and iPad, but it didn’t happen. iPadOS 16, on the other hand, can be the operating system we see the most changes since iOS 7.

Rumors so far talk about a new multitasking interface and revamped notifications system.

Device compatibility

According to iPhonesoft, based on knowledge of someone running an internal seed, Apple plans to drop support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the original iPhone SE with iOS 16. If that’s the case, iPadOS 16 could be incompatible with iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad (fifth-generation), and the original iPad Pro models.

With that in mind, here’s what iPads could possibly receive iPadOS 16:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 (5th gen);
  • iPad Pro 11 (3rd gen);
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (4th gen);
  • iPad Pro 11 (2nd gen);
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd gen);
  • iPad Pro 11 (1st gen);
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd gen);
  • iPad Pro 10.5 (2nd gen);
  • iPad Air (5th gen);
  • iPad Air (4th gen);
  • iPad Air (3rd gen);
  • iPad mini (6th gen);
  • iPad mini (5th gen);
  • iPad (9th gen);
  • iPad (8th gen);
  • iPad (7th gen);
  • iPad (6th gen);

When will iPadOS 16 come out?

iPadOS 16 will likely be announced on June 6, during WWDC 2022’s keynote. The event will be online, although some students and developers will be able to attend the keynote in person at Apple Park.

Following the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it’s released for all users around September, as the company has done over the past years.

iPadOS 16 feature requests

9to5Mac’s Parker Ortolani created a fun concept that Apple could 100% adopt. According to Parker, quick note-style apps are the key to the iPad’s more productive future. He notes:

Weather would be useful when you’re planning a trip or about to run out of your house. Just swipe out from the corner and check the forecast. Now you’re probably wondering how you’d be able to switch between these quick note-style applets. I envision a simple button right below the grabber at the top of the window. Just tap or click on it and you’d get a context menu of other applets.

Apple could offer several built-in applets in addition to calculator, weather, and notes. What if you could open a webpage in a floating Safari window, change your HomeKit controls, move around your Apple TV, and find missing items?

Read Parker’s full concept here.

iPadOS 16 Stories Today

WWDC 2022 will start a couple of weeks from now. On June 6, Apple will announce iPadOS 16, which will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for the iPad. Head below as we recap all of the latest rumors and expectations for iOS 16 this year, including new features, release info, and more.

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iPadOS 16 Stories April 18

Apple will unveil the first version of iPadOS 16 a few weeks from now at the WWDC 2022 keynote. While we know little about the upcoming iPad operating system, users are still waiting for an improved version with a focus on pro users. With two iPad models using the same chip as the Mac, a concept imagines how Apple could finally revamp iPadOS with update 16.0.

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iPadOS 16 Stories April 10

In his latest edition of the Power On newsletter, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman is bringing more tidbits about iOS 16 and watchOS 9, which he calls “major upgrades.” This is the first time Gurman reports about the upcoming operating systems after Apple announced the WWDC 2022 keynote set to occur on June 6.

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iPadOS 16 Stories February 7

With another high-end iPad Pro rumored to be unveiled this year and another WWDC set to take place in a few months from now, the yearly question remains: will the next iPadOS be enough to unleash iPad Pro’s full potential?

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