Apple has finished developing iOS 16, but not iPadOS 16

Apple teams finished overall development of iOS 16 last week, according to information from Mark Gurman. The Bloomberg journalist always mentions a release of the final version for September.

Just because iOS 16 development is over doesn’t mean there won’t be new betas. Indeed, new versions will be available for developers and public testers before the final version. But don’t expect anything new with these, just bug fixes and other general improvements. The next should also arrive in a few days.

Apple would therefore offer the final version of iOS 16 in September. Knowing that the keynote for the iPhone 14 would take place on September 7, we can imagine that the release of the software update will be around September 14. watchOS 9 for the Apple Watch should be available on the same date.

On the other hand, development continues for iPadOS 16. This update for iPads will not see the light of day in September, unlike the version for iPhones. Indeed, it will be necessary to wait until October to obtain it. This would be explained in particular by a continuous development of the Stage Manager functionality (which is criticized by several people). Similarly, macOS Ventura would arrive in October. For once, it’s not really a surprise and it is even possible that the new version will land alongside new Macs.

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