iPadOS 16 Beta Watch: iPadOS skips 16.0, jumps straight to 16.1

Wow, I did not see this one coming. While reports on iPadOS 16 being delayed into fall has been floating around, the fact that Apple not only confirms this, but also completely skips version 16.0 is just astounding. Apple gave the following statement to TechCrunch:

This is an especially big year for iPadOS. As its own platform with features specifically designed for iPad, we have the flexibility to deliver iPadOS on its own schedule. This Fall, iPadOS will ship after iOS, as version 16.1 in a free software update.

This is significant in many ways. The statement was shortly followed by a new iPadOS 16 developer beta, the seventh thus far.