Last month, Apple confirmed that it would launch iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura sometime in October. Back in August, Apple delayed the iPadOS 16 update after beta testers reported performance issues with the new Stage Manager feature on older hardware.
Now, a tweet from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggests that iPadOS 16.1 will be the first version of iPadOS 16 and will be released sometime after October 24th.
iPadOS 16.1 is scheduled to be released the week of October 24th barring any new bugs or issues. Apple has historically held launches during the week of its earnings calls in October.
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 10, 2022
In case you don’t know, the latest iPadOS update will be available for all iPad Pro models, third-generation iPad Air and later, fifth-generation or later iPad Mini, and all fifth-generation or later iPads.
Last month, Gurman indicated in his Power On newsletter that Apple may not host an event in October and the new products may be announced in press releases or on the company’s website.
Apple is rumored to launch two new iPad models later this month alongside the iPadOS 16.1 update. Aside from a new M2-powered iPad Pro, Apple is reportedly working on a budget-friendly version of the iPad.
The redesigned iPad could be powered by either the M2 chip or the A14 Bionic processor. Rumors also suggest that the 10th generation iPad will have a TouchID button instead of FaceID. Also, Apple could move the FaceTime HD camera to one side of the device and integrate TouchID with the power button.
Apple could also switch to USB-C. Another report suggests that the new iPad will have a 10.5-inch or 10.9-inch display. In addition to the new iPad, Apple is also expected to release updated versions of the Mac Pro and Mac Mini.