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Apple confirms iPadOS 16 delay, rolls out first iPadOS 16.1 beta

Apple's iPad lineup as of March 2022

On Tuesday, Apple confirmed reports that iPadOS 16 will launch later than iOS 16 this year. Typically, the company launches all of the major software updates around the same time in the fall. In recent weeks, rumors had started to crop up that while iOS 16 was almost ready, iPadOS 16 needed more work. Those rumors were apparently accurate, as Apple officially announced a delay for iPadOS 16 alongside the first iPadOS 16.1 beta.

Apple confirms iPadOS 16 will launch after iOS 16

Apple shared the following statement with TechCrunch regarding iPadOS 16’s launch:

This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.

In other words, the first public release will be iPadOS 16.1. Apple didn’t explain why this will be the case, but it’s clear that the upcoming software update is taking longer than expected. As TechCrunch pointed out, it’s possible that iPadOS 16.1 will arrive around the same time as iOS 16.1. Apple didn’t share a release date, but rumors point to October.

In addition to confirming the delay, Apple also seeded iPadOS 16.1 beta 1 to developers on Tuesday. The beta rolled out alongside iOS 16 beta 7, which suggests that there will not be any more iPadOS 16 betas going forward.


How to download and install iPadOS 16.1 beta 1

As you all know by now, installing the latest iOS or iPadOS beta on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch could not be easier. Just navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap “Download and Install” at the bottom of that page.

If you want, you can also install the update through iTunes by connecting your iOS device to your computer. Whichever method you choose, just make sure to back up your device before installing the update. You can never be too careful!

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.