iPadOS 16 early rumors: Everything we know so far


As far as we can tell, this is all we’ve heard about the next iPadOS 16 update.

The release date of iPadOS 16 has been tentatively set for September of 2022. Apple’s tablet operating system upgrade, if it’s anything like iPadOS 15, should bring a slew of new features and enhancements. Since current iPad Pro and Air models include the M1 processor, the iPadOS 16 upgrade might be one of the most significant yet for iPads.

iPad OS 16 rumours are thin on the ground at the moment. There are still a few weeks before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off on June 6, and we hope to learn more about the OS upgrade in those weeks.


We’ve compiled a list of all the iPadOS 16 rumours that have surfaced so far.

iPadOS 16: When and where can you get the beta?

We have no reason to assume that Apple will discontinue announcing software upgrades at WWDC. The festivities get under way on June 6 and continue until June 10 this year.. At that time, we expect Apple to announce the next iPadOS.

Apple is expected to deliver a beta version of iPadOS 16 to developers and certain members of the public during the summer, following the conclusion of the WWDC conference in June.


iPadOS 16 is expected to be released sometime in September, exactly like iPadOS 15 was in September 2021. The business should issue frequent updates over that time period while fixing bugs. Apple has the right to adjust the beta and official release dates at any time, but we expect this to be the case.

Compatibility and supported devices for iPadOS 16

It’s impossible to tell for sure which iPads will be able to run iPadOS 16, but it’s safe to presume that the most recent models of the iPad Pro and iPad Air will be able to run the new firmware. There’s a lot of speculation over which of the older iPads won’t work with iOS 16.

This year’s iPad Air 2 is compatible with iPadOS 15, according to Tech Advisor(opens in new tab). Because of this, iPadOS 16 may be able to run on iPads that were released in the last several years. As a result, don’t consider our predictions as gospel truth just yet.


Having trouble determining whether or not your iPad will run the upcoming version of iOS? Even if we aren’t, we can provide you with a list of iPads that are compatible with iPadOS 15. iPads not on this list will most likely be unable to run the latest version of iOS, so make sure you check.

  • 10.2-inch iPad 2020 aka 8th generation iPad (and back to the 5th gen 2017 model)
  • All iPad Pro models including:
  • iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch)
  • iPad Pro 2021 (11-inch)
  • The iPad Air 2020 (4th generation), 3rd gen. and 2nd gen.
  • iPad mini (4th and 5th generation)

iPads powered by the M1 processor get a new look in iOS 16

There hasn’t been much information released concerning iPadOS 16’s new features. At the very least, we hope the new iPad Pro and iPad Air tablets equipped with the Apple M1 CPU will benefit from new iPadOS 16 capabilities.

xCode, Logic Pro, and Final Cut Pro are on their way to iPads, according to a report by iDropNews(opens in new tab). There is a catch, however: These applications are planned to operate exclusively on iPads with an M1 processor, including as the iPad Pro 2021 and the iPad Air 2022. We don’t know for sure if Apple plans to transfer these long-requested applications over to iPadOS, but it would be a nice development that would allow creatives to work more efficiently with just an iPad.


According to one source, iPadOS 16 will include the same redesigned Lock Screen and Home Screen as iOS 16. The Lock Screen is another possible location for Widgets.

Tipster Majin Bu(opens in new tab) has tweeted that Apple is developing Apple Mixer, a smart system akin to desktop operating systems like macOS and Windows that would offer floating programme windows.

When using a keyboard and trackpad, programmes will open in full screen mode, as indicated by the tweet. iPadOS 16 may or may not include this capability at launch, but the source is convinced that it will only be available on iPads equipped with an M1 processor.


What we’d want to see in the next version of iPadOS 16

The multitasking button and the way widgets were integrated onto the home screen made iPadOS 15 a hit with us. The floating Quick Note window and keyboard shortcuts also helped to bring the OS more in line with the Mac OS X experience. iOS 15 is fantastic, but we fully anticipate iOS 16 to surpass it. In order to enhance the iPad experience, there are several things the operating system may do.

Using the M1 microprocessor

iPadOS 16 should take advantage of the M1 processor included in the iPad Pro and Air, much as the previous version. If you’re always on the road, having a few Mac-like features and applications on your iPad isn’t a bad idea. As a desktop and laptop processor, the M1 should have the same capabilities as Macs and MacBooks. Why?


Widgets that can be interacted with

A leaker going by the handle @LeaksApplePro(opens in new tab) claimed that iOS 16 will include interactive widgets, which would enable you interact with widget shortcuts without having to open the app itself. Interactive widgets on iPadOS 16 would be a nice addition, however the leaker was referring to iOS 16. Additional widgets for the Lock Screen are much desired.

The Magic Keyboard will run more smoothly.


Although they aren’t suitable laptop replacements, the iPad Pro and iPad Air may be used as computers using the Apple Magic Keyboard.

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