iPadOS 16: Here’s what we know so far about new features, supported devices, and more

WWDC 2022 will start in a few weeks. On June 6, Apple is likely to announce iPadOS 16, which will mark the next major release of Apple’s software platform for iPad. Head below as we recap all the latest rumors and expectations for iOS 16 this year, including new features, release information, and more.

When will iPadOS 16 be announced?

iPadOS 16 will likely be announced on June 6, during the WWDC 2022 keynote. The event will be online, though some students and developers will be able to attend the keynote in person at Apple Park.

Following the announcement, Apple will test the operating system for a few months until it becomes available to all users around September, as the company has done in recent years.

iPadOS 16 Compatible Devices

One of the biggest questions people have every year is whether or not Apple will drop support for any older iPad models. With last year’s release of iPadOS 15, Apple maintained support for all iPadOS 14-compatible devices, though it limited many features.

An initial rumor indicates that Apple plans to drop support for the iPhone 6s and the original iPhone SE. If that’s the case, iPadOS 16 might be incompatible with iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad (5th generation), and the original iPad Pro models.

With that in mind, here’s what iPadOS 16 could receive for iPads:

New features with iPadOS 16

As of now, two main features are expected for iPadOS 16: a new multitasking interface and a fresh look for notifications.

The rumored focus on notifications is interesting because Apple has made numerous changes to the iOS notification system over the past couple of years, introducing features like Notification Summary and Focus Modes. However, it seems that Apple is still not happy with the implementation of notifications in iOS and is planning more changes for this year.

Additionally, iPadOS users have been asking year after year for Apple to bring a better multitasking interface for Pro users. Windows, for example, would be the safest bet to really improve the iPad experience with larger screens. Although the company made it easy to use Slide Over and Split View, the operating system is not there yet.

Professional apps, like Final Cut Pro, and the ability to have different accounts for the same iPad, just like in macOS and tvOS, have also been feature requests from users for years.

The 9to5Mac Take

We expect more details about iPadOS 16 to emerge as we get closer to WWDC 2022 which starts on June 6. Although Apple will announce tons of new features, if iPadOS 16 finally gets a proper multitasking interface, it will be a huge improvement for the operating system.

Personally, I look forward to seeing Apple revamp notifications in a way that makes it much clearer and easier to see the latest notifications without awkward grouping. I’m also expecting some updates to the home screen widgets, particularly in regards to interactivity, and major updates to the Home app and HomeKit in general.

What do you hope to see in iPadOS 16? What’s at the top of your wish list? Tell us in the comments!


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