iPadOS 16: Here’s what we know so far about new features, supported devices, and more

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

When will iPadOS 16 be announced?

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

After the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it is released to all users around September, as the company has done for the past years.

Recently, BloombergThe iOS 16 beta release schedule is slightly different this year, said Mark Gorman. According to the journalist, Apple plans to offer the first public beta of iOS 16 along with the third developer beta in July.

The reason, according to Gorman, is that current interiors are “a little buggy.” As a result, Apple engineers will need more time to make the iOS 16 beta stable enough before anyone is allowed to install it on iPhones and iPads.

Supported iPadOS 16 devices

iPadOS Pro concept can take full advantage of iPads

One of the biggest questions people ask each year is whether or not Apple will drop support for any older iPad models. With the release of iPadOS 15 last year, Apple has maintained compatibility with all devices supported by iPadOS 14, although many functions are restricted.

An early rumor suggests that Apple is planning to drop support for the original iPhone 6s and iPhone SE. If so, iPadOS 16 may not be compatible with iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad (5th generation), and original iPad Pro models.

With that in mind, here’s what iPads can receive on iPadOS 16:

New features with iPadOS 16

As of now, there are two main features expected for iPadOS 16: a new multitasking interface and a new look for notifications.

The rumored focus on notifications is interesting because Apple has made several changes to the iOS notification system over the past couple of years, introducing features like notification summary and focus modes. However, it appears that Apple is still not satisfied with the implementation of notifications across iOS, and is planning more changes for this year.

Additionally, year after year iPadOS users have been asking Apple to provide a better multitasking interface for Pro users. Windows, for example, would be your safest bet to improve your iPad experience with larger screens. Although the company has made it easy to use Slide Over and Split View, the operating system is still not there yet.

Pro apps, like Final Cut Pro, and the ability to have different accounts for the same iPad — just like macOS and tvOS — have been feature requests from users for years, too.

Take 9to5Mac

We expect more details about iPadOS 16 to emerge as we get closer to WWDC 2022 which begins on June 6. Although Apple will announce several new features, if iPadOS 16 finally gets the proper multitasking interface, it will be a huge improvement for the operating system.

Personally, I would hope to see Apple revamp the notifications in a way that makes seeing the latest notifications more clear and easy without the need for awkward grouping. I’m also hoping for some updates to the Home screen widgets, particularly in terms of interaction and major updates to the Home app and HomeKit in general.

What would you like to see in iPadOS 16? What’s at the top of your wish list? Let us know in the comments!


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