|A version of the iPadOS operating system|
|Written in||C, C++, Objective-C, Swift, assembly language|
|OS family||Unix-like, based on Darwin (BSD), iOS|
|Source model||Closed with open-source components|
|Latest preview||16.0 beta 4 (20A5328h) (July 27, 2022 )|
|Marketing target||Tablet Computers|
|Available in||40 languages|
|Update method||OTA, Software Update through iTunes or Finder.|
|Package manager||App Store|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, GUI)|
|License||Proprietary software with open-source components|
|Preceded by||iPadOS 15|
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|iOS 16 (derived from)|
iPadOS 16 is the fourth and upcoming major release of the iPadOS operating system developed by Apple for its iPad line of tablet computers. The successor to iPadOS 15, it was announced at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6, 2022, along with iOS 16, macOS Ventura, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16. It received numerous new features, improving multitasking and many other aspects of the operating system.
The public version of iPadOS 16 is expected to be released in late 2022, while the public beta was released on July 11th.
Further information: iOS version history § iOS 16 / iPadOS 16
The first developer beta of iPadOS 16 was released on June 6, 2022.
|16.0 beta 4||20A5328h||July 27, 2022||iOS & iPadOS 16 Beta 4 Release Notes|
Legend: Past Current Beta
See also: iOS 16 § Features
A version of the Weather app was added.
The Lock Screen has a new font and displays the date above the time to match iOS 16, but lacks the new customization features.
On iPads with an M1 chip, Stage Manager allows up to 4 apps to be displayed in adjustable windows, and allows the user to switch between different stages with different sets of apps.
iPads with an M1 chip now have full external display support using Stage Manager, instead of screen mirroring.
iPads with M1 now have the ability to change text size to fit more on screen.
iPadOS 16 is supported on iPads with A9 or A9X chips or newer, dropping support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4, both with A8 or A8X chips. This also marks the second time Apple has dropped support for older 64-bit iPads. The list includes: