iPadOS 16: features, devices, release – you need to know that


In addition to iOS 16, Apple has also unveiled a new version of its iPad operating system: iPadOS 16. The update mainly brings improvements in multitasking, but some important functions are only compatible with iPads with Apple’s silicon chip. We have all the info about iPadOS 16.

These devices will get the update to iPadOS 16

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You can see which models are getting the big update in the overview.

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  • iPad Pro 12.9 (5th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (3rd Gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (4th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (2nd Gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd Gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (1st Gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd Gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (1st Gen)
  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • iPad Pro 9.7
  • iPad (9th Gen)
  • iPad (8th Gen)
  • iPad (7th Gen)
  • iPad (6th Gen)
  • iPad (5th Gen)
  • iPad mini (6th gen)
  • iPad mini (5th gen)
  • iPad Air (4th gen)
  • iPad Air (3rd Gen)

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Download iPadOS 16: Here’s how

Immediately after WWDC 2022, Apple released the iPadOS 16 beta for developers to download. Registered people can download the preview version from this Apple website: https://developer.apple.com/download/.

If you are not registered as a developer, you can register for an annual fee of 99 euros. After successfully registering, download the beta configuration profile to your iPad and install iPadOS 16 beta via “Settings > General > Software update”.

iPadOS 16: Download the public beta – when is that possible?

If you are not a developer and still want to use iPadOS 16 as a beta, you have to be patient until July – then Apple will publish the public beta of the new iPad operating system.

If you take the release last year as the basis for the forecast, the public beta of iPadOS 16 could be available for download in early July. It is best to follow the current news situation if you want to be informed directly about the start of the beta.

Downgrade from iPadOS 16 to iPadOS 15: does it work?

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A downgrade is easily possible.

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Even if iOS betas usually run stably, problems can arise in everyday life. Sometimes the performance isn’t satisfactory, or apps don’t work right away. In such a case, a downgrade to the previous version is advisable. Fortunately, with the public beta of iPadOS 16, this is easy: wait for the next official software update from Apple and then delete the configuration profile: “Settings > General > VPN & Device Management”. Select your beta profile and tap “Remove Profile”. Restart your iPad and conveniently return to the stable version of iPadOS.

iPadOS 16: The most important new features

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With functions such as Reference Mode, Apple underscores the professional claim of the iPad.

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  • Easy collaboration: Collaborate better in Messages and share content across Files, Keynote, Safari, and third-party apps. All changes are directly synced and made visible in the Messages app.
  • Stage manager: Apps and windows are automatically organized, making it easier to switch between tasks. For the first time on iPad, create different sized overlapping windows in a single view and open apps from the dock to create app groups. The currently active window is prominently displayed in the middle. But: The feature is only available for iPads with an M1 chip.
  • Freeform app: the ideal tool for the next brainstorming session. Use the flexible workspace with Apple Pencil to centralize, share and collaborate on notes and drawings in one place. You can see other people’s posts in real time while you make changes yourself – and start a FaceTime session with the push of a button. Apple will release the Freeform app for the iPad later this year.
  • Mail: Be more productive in Mail and cancel delivery of a message before it reaches the recipient. Schedule emails, send them automatically at the desired time and revisit emails at any time with “Remind Later”. Apple has also improved search to give you better results.
  • weather app: The iPad finally gets the application known from the iPhone – perfectly adapted to the larger screen of the iPad, of course. You can see all the important weather information at a glance and receive detailed maps of air quality, precipitation levels and much more.
  • live text: The on-device intelligence no longer only works for images, but also for videos. With a tap of your finger you can translate languages ​​or convert currencies. With visual lookup, you highlight subjects in images and isolate them by removing the background with a tap.
  • reference mode: Use the iPad Pro’s Liquid Retina XDR display to match color requirements in workflows, such as color grading.

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  • iPadOS 16 beta is currently only available to developers
  • iPadOS 16 public beta follows in July
  • Downgrading to iPadOS 15 is easy
  • Some new features like the Stage Manager are only available for iPads with M1 chipset


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