There are those who have badly digested the news of the exclusive nature of the iPadOS 16 Stage Manager, available only for iPads with the M1 chip. Apple intervenes and explains the reason for this choice.

Few doubt, Stage Manager is probably the best novelty of iPadOS 16, a major update presented by Apple during the WWDC22 keynote on June 6. The feature resizes applications, organizes them into categories, places them on the left of the desktop and guarantees an unprecedented multitasking experience – on the iPad -. In addition, it can also be used on external displays. Everything is perfect, right? Yes, but only for those in possession of a made-in-Cupertino tablet with an M1 chip.

The limited compatibility of Stage Manager has generated a strong discontent (in particular among those who have in their hands a Pro from a few years ago but still performing) and the numerous criticisms have prompted Apple to release a short statement about it. Shared by Rene Ritchie, the Californian company explains that Stage Manager requires a lot of RAM (iPads with M1 all start at 8GB), fast storage space and a flexible external display I / O.

Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that delivers a completely new, blazingly fast and responsive viewing experience, allowing users to run 8 applications simultaneously on iPad and an external display with up to 6K resolution. Delivering this with the immediacy that users expect from the iPad first-touch experience requires lots of RAM, blazingly fast internal storage, and flexible external display I / O – all features provided by chip iPads. M1.

What is Apple referring to? Let’s take an example: iPad Pro with M1 reaches up to 16GB of RAM, and the previous-generation model stops at 6GB. In addition, iPads with Apple Silicon are equipped with internal storage twice as fast as those that cannot count on the latest processors of the Californian company.

Stage Manager is therefore a function limited to iPads with M1, but iPadOS 16 – plus feature, minus feature – can be installed on all iPad Pro, iPad Air 3 and later, iPad 5 and later, iPad Mini 5 and later. The first beta is already available for developers, the final version of the major update is scheduled for September / October instead.

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