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(Pocket-lint) – Apple unveiled its latest software for iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in early June.
Later this year, iOS 16 will bring a lot of features to your iPhone, and the Apple Watch with watchOS 9 will also have some extras, but the iPad, as well as iPadOS 16, also has some new features.
Here’s everything you need to know about iPadOS 16, including when it’s released, what features it’ll bring to your iPad, how to try it out, and which iPad models it’s compatible with.
iPadOS 16 release date
- Revelation Date: 6 June 2022
- release date: September 2022 (TBD)
Apple announced the next major software update for the iPad in the form of iPadOS 16 during WWDC. The preview version was released on June 6, 2022, and the developer beta version is now available for download. The public beta will be available from July 2022, and then iPadOS 16 will be released in the official format “this fall.”
“This fall” is likely to be September 2022, about a week after the release of the upcoming iPhone and Apple Watch models. There is currently no specific release date for these devices, although based on previous release patterns, we predicted that this version will be released on September 13, so we expect iPadOS 16 to be released around September 20, 2022. There is no confirmation. until a moment.
iPadOS 16: How to try the public beta
The iPadOS 16 developer beta is now available for download, but a public beta is not yet available. It should be in July 2022, and it should take about five minutes to be up and running by then.
You’ll need to join Apple’s Beta Software Program, after which you can install any available beta to test, including iOS 16 and watchOS 9. If you need extra help, we have a guide on how to install the iPadOS public beta. it becomes available.
iPadOS 16: Which iPads are supported?
Apple typically provides several years of software updates for its devices, longer than most Android manufacturers. But if your iPad isn’t on the list, it’s probably because your hardware isn’t powerful enough to run something. Sometimes your iPad may support software but not a specific feature.
Here’s the full list of iPadOS 16-compatible iPads coming later this year:
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
- iPad (5th generation and later)
- iPad mini (5th generation and later)
iPadOS 16: Features
Here are all the features coming to your iPad later this year. Unfortunately, the iPad doesn’t have the lockscreen feature that the iPhone will get in iOS 16, but it does get a lot of iOS 16 features and a few extras.
iPadOS 16 will offer a feature called Stage Manager that, for the first time on an iPad, will allow you to have overlapping windows in a single view (like a Mac), and will also allow you to resize windows and switch between apps with one click. Up to four applications can be open at the same time.
You can read all about Stage Manager in our separate resource for the minimal information it allows. This is one of the biggest iPad changes in iPadOS 16.
Photos are getting some changes, including iCloud Shared Photo Library, which lets you easily share photos and videos with five other people. You’ll be able to choose what to include based on the start date or who’s in the photo, and everyone will have equal access to add, edit, and delete photos in the shared library.
There will even be a button in the camera app that will allow you to take a photo and add it directly to the shared photo library.
With iPadOS 16, you can edit an iMessage within 15 minutes of sending it. You can also unsubscribe from messages and mark any message line as unread.
Other changes to Messages include the addition of SharePlay (previously limited to FaceTime), which lets you watch content in sync with friends directly in Messages while continuing your messaging conversations.
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Additionally, you’ll be able to share notes, presentations, reminders, Safari tab groups, and more in Messages in iPadOS 16 to instantly start collaborating and see updates on shared items in threads.
Mail has many changes, including the ability to schedule emails and unsent emails. iPadOS 16 also has better search capabilities, and Mail will remind you if you forget an attachment.
iPadOS 16 brings some updates in terms of privacy and security.Hidden photos and recently deleted albums are locked by default, you can also use Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode without having to remember a different passcode.
In iPadOS 16, Safari offers a feature called Passkeys, which provides a more secure and easier way to connect. There are also Shared Tab Groups coming soon, allowing you to share tabs and bookmarks, send messages and launch FaceTime directly from Safari.
iPadOS 16 will finally bring the Weather app on the iPhone to the iPad, with the latest updates, 10-day forecast and air quality details, local forecasts, and more via a forecast module.
There will be a feature in iPadOS 16 called Display Scaling Mode that will allow you to change the display resolution to fit more screens. By increasing the pixel density of the screen, you can see more in your app – useful when using split view.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro will also be able to display reference colors from popular color standards, as well as support for SDR and HDR video formats for iPadOS 16.
The game also gets an update with iPadOS 16, and the redesigned Game Center dashboard lets you see how your friends are doing and compete with their high scores. SharePlay is also coming to the game with iPadOS 16, allowing you to join and play together. During multiplayer games with Game Center, you’ll be able to start a SharePlay session and easily bring your friends along.
Real-time text and visual lookups
Live Text has some updates, including the ability to pause video at any frame containing text for copying, translation, finding, and sharing. There are also quick actions that make it easy to dial phone numbers, visit websites, convert currencies, and translate languages.
For visual lookups – this is a great feature – you will be able to elevate the subject of an image, or isolate objects by removing the background.
The Home app has been redesigned for iPadOS 16, with a new Home tab for easy navigation of smart home devices, as well as a new multi-camera view and new categories for weather, lights, and security. Material compatibility is also coming.
Several updates are coming to Family Sharing in iPadOS 16, including easier management of children’s accounts. There will be a family checklist that will provide tips and advice on getting the most out of Family Sharing, such as updating your kids’ settings as they get older. There’s also a quick launch option that makes it easy to set up a new iPhone or iPad for your child, complete with all the proper parental controls.
Freeform is a productivity app set to release later this year that lets you use the Apple Pencil to sketch and annotate, share files, and insert links, documents, video, and audio on the web. You’ll be able to invite collaborators, share links and start collaborating right away. You can see changes in real time as people add ideas and additions.
FaceTime got a major update in iPadOS 15, but iPadOS 16 brings Handoff. This means you can switch between Mac, iPhone and iPad with just one tap, as will connected Bluetooth headphones.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.