Gurman says iPadOS 16.1 is on track to be released the week of October 24.
iPadOS 16.1 is on track to be released the week of Oct. 24th — barring any new bugs or issues. Apple has historically held launches the week of its earnings calls in October.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 10, 2022
Due to the delay in the release of the new version of iPadOS, version 16 will actually be released as iPadOS 16.1. Apple will likely release iOS 16.1 at the same time, allowing the operating systems to have the same version number.
Gurman points to the fact that Apple has historically held launches during the week of its October earnings calls.
Apple previously said iPadOS 16 would be released in October, but the company did not provide a specific release date.
iPadOS 16 had been expected to be released the same time as iOS 16 back in September, but the OS was delayed after users criticized the new Stage Manager feature that allows apps to be used in overlapping windows.
Apple recently expanded the Stage Manager feature to older iPad Pro models with A12X and A12Z chips released in 2018 and 2020, albeit without external display support. Apple has also delayed external display support for iPad models with the M1 chip until later this year.
macOS Ventura will also be released in October, likely alongside iPadOS 16.1.