iPadOS 16
Version of the iPadOS operating system
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iPadOS 16 Home screen
DeveloperApple Inc.
Written inC, C++, Objective-C, Swift, assembly language
OS familyUnix-like, based on Darwin (BSD), iOS
Source modelClosed with open-source components
October 24, 2022 (2022-10-24)
Latest release16.2[1] (20C65)[2] (December 13, 2022; 26 days ago (2022-12-13)) [±]
Latest preview16.3 beta[3] (20D5024e)[4] (December 14, 2022; 25 days ago (2022-12-14)) [±]
Marketing targetTablet computers
Available in40 languages[5][6][7][8]
Update methodOTA, software update through iTunes, Apple Configurator, or Finder
Package managerApp Store
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
user interface
Cocoa Touch (multi-touch, GUI)
LicenseProprietary software with open-source components
Preceded byiPadOS 15
Official websitewww.apple.com/ipados
TaglineIncredibly capable. Unmistakably iPad.
Support status
Articles in the series
iOS 16 (derived from)

iPadOS 16 is the fourth and current 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.[9][10] It received numerous new features, improving multitasking and many other aspects of the operating system, most notably on iPads with Apple's M1 SoC and later.

The public beta of iPadOS 16 was released on July 11, 2022. The public version of iPadOS 16 was released on October 24, 2022[11] as iPadOS 16.1.[12]


Further information: iOS version history § iOS 16 / iPadOS 16


The first developer beta of iPadOS 16 was released on June 6, 2022. The first public release, iPadOS 16.1, was officially released on October 24, 2022.

Version Build Release date Notes
16.1 20B82 October 24, 2022 Initial Release
16.1.1 20B101 November 9, 2022 Bug fixes

Security fixes[13]

16.2 20C65 December 13, 2022
16.3 beta 20D5024e December 14, 2022

Legend:   Past   Current   Beta


See also: iOS 16 § Features


Freeform is a whiteboard app that lets users collaborate together in real time. It was released with iPadOS 16.2.


For the first time, Apple's Weather app is available on iPad, it was originally only available on iPhone and iPod Touch.

Lock screen

The Lock Screen has a new font and displays the date above the time to match iOS 16, but lacks the new customization features.


iPads will now be able to sign into websites that implement WebAuthn using just the user’s passcode or biometrics.

Stage Manager

On iPads with Apple A12X Bionic, Apple A12Z Bionic, Apple M1 and Apple M2 processors, Stage Manager displays up to four apps at a time in adjustable windows. In addition, on iPads with Apple M1 and later, external displays are now driven using Stage Manager instead of screen mirroring, enabling display scaling on external displays.

Display scaling mode

On iPads with Apple M1 processors and later, and iPad Pro 11-inch with Apple A12X Bionic and A12Z Bionic processors,[14] Display scaling mode allows more view space in apps by increasing the pixel density of the display.

Reference Mode

On the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) and (6th generation) with Liquid Retina XDR display, the iPad can be used in "Reference Mode" for color-graded work. This extends to Sidecar, as long as the Mac being connected to has Apple Silicon.

Spoken Content

As with iOS 16, some already supported languages have received additional voices (including "Novelty" voices for English), and voices and support have been added for the following languages:


More text indentation features are added, as well as the ability to create column tables.


Allows the changing of file extensions and showing all file extensions.


App toolbar

Allows the customisation of toolbars to add tools, as well as editing the position of tools.


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iPadOS 16's Stage Manager feature has been criticized by various sources for only being supported by certain iPad models with an M1 chip or M2 chip owing to strict performance requirements. In an interview with TechCrunch, Craig Federighi explained “It’s only the M1 iPads that combined the high DRAM capacity with very high capacity, high-performance NAND that allows our virtual memory swap to be super fast”.[15] It was later discovered that the feature is disabled for older devices by an internal setting.[16] Due to criticism, a single-screen version of Stage Manager was added on 2018 and 2020 iPad Pros in iPadOS 16.1 beta.[17] Apple later provided a statement to Engadget, stating that “…customers with iPad Pro 3rd and 4th generation have expressed strong interest in being able to experience Stage Manager on their iPads. In response, our teams have worked hard to find a way to deliver a single-screen version for these systems, with support for up to four live apps on the iPad screen at once”.[18]

External display support for Stage Manager on M1 iPads was delayed until further notice by Apple due to instability, and was brought back in the iPadOS 16.2 update.[19][20][21]

Stage Manager was also criticized for being "hard to use" and some reviewers and critics called the feature "fundamentally misguided".[22]

The lack of iOS 16's lock screen customization features was also criticized by reviewers such as David Pierce from The Verge.[23] iPadOS had a hidden lock screen customization app named PostBoard which included the iOS 16’s lock screen customization features in iPadOS 16 Beta 1.[24]

Supported devices

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:

See also


  1. ^ Clover, Juli (December 13, 2022). "Apple Releases iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 With Freeform, Apple Music Sing, Advanced Data Protection and More". MacRumors. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "iPadOS 16.2 (20C65) - Releases - Apple Developer". Apple Developer. Apple Inc. December 13, 2022. Retrieved December 13, 2022.
  3. ^ Clover, Juli (December 14, 2022). "Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3 to Developers". MacRumors. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  4. ^ "iPadOS 16.3 beta (20D5024e) - Releases - Apple Developer". Apple Developer. Apple Inc. December 14, 2022. Retrieved December 14, 2022.
  5. ^ "Apple – iPad Pro – Specs". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Apple – iPad mini 4 – Specs". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Apple – iPad Air 2 – Technical Specifications". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Apple – iPhone XS – Technical Specifications". Apple Inc. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  9. ^ Burns, Matt (June 7, 2021). "iPadOS 15 announced at WWDC, features improved multitasking and surprising Swift Playgrounds features". TechCrunch. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  10. ^ Cipriani, Jason (June 7, 2021). "iOS 15 and iPadOS 15: How to download and install Apple's latest software". CNET. Archived from the original on June 7, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  11. ^ "iPadOS 16". Apple.
  12. ^ "First public iPadOS 16 release will actually be iOS 16.1, in October". AppleInsider. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  13. ^ "About the security content of iOS 16.1.1 and iPadOS 16.1.1". Apple Support. Retrieved November 10, 2022.
  14. ^ "iPadOS 16 Beta Expands 'Zoomed Out' Display Option to Older 11-Inch iPad Pros". MacRumors. September 29, 2022.
  15. ^ "IPadOS 16's Stage Manager will only work on M1 iPads — here's why". June 14, 2022.
  16. ^ "Apple could theoretically enable Stage Manager for older iPads in iOS 16".
  17. ^ Clover, Juli (September 27, 2022). "New iPadOS 16.1 Beta Expands Stage Manager to Older iPad Pro Models, Delays External Display Support". MacRumors.
  18. ^ "The latest iPadOS 16 beta brings Stage Manager to older iPad Pro models". Engadget. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  19. ^ "Apple will bring Stage Manager to more iPads after all with iPadOS 16.1". GSMArena.com. Retrieved October 1, 2022.
  20. ^ Loyola, Roman. "Apple expands Stage Manager support to older iPads, delays key feature". Macworld. Retrieved October 1, 2022.
  21. ^ Espósito, Filipe (December 13, 2022). "iPadOS 16.2 brings these improvements for Stage Manager, plus AirTag tracking alerts". 9to5Mac. Retrieved December 15, 2022.
  22. ^ "Apple Criticized for 'Fundamentally Misguided' Approach to Stage Manager in iPadOS 16".
  23. ^ Pierce, David (July 11, 2022). "iPadOS 16 preview: jack of all trades, master of some". The Verge. Retrieved September 5, 2022.
  24. ^ Espósito, Filipe (June 11, 2022). "iPadOS 16 beta 1 has secret debug menu that enables custom lock screen – sort of". 9to5Mac. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
Preceded byiPadOS 15 iPadOS 16 2022 Succeeded byCurrent