The release of the next-generation software update for iPad, iPadOS 16, was delayed by Apple. Though the update is set to be released this month, one of its headlining features, Stage Manager, is still facing issues.
Developer highlights issues of headlining iPadOS 16 feature, Stage Manager
Stage Manager is a multitasking feature that automatically organizes apps and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks. It even allows users to create overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view. Users can even drag and drop windows from the side, or open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps for a seamless, more efficient workflow.
Despite the fact that the final release of iPadOS 16 is set to arrive this month, Stage Manager still has some kinks that need to be worked out. As highlighted by MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci in a tweet, Stage Manager is nowhere near ready to be included in the stable release of iPadOS 16:
– Rotated my iPad and the dock was gone
– Black borders around windows
– The keyboard freezes in apps like Mail and @theSpringApp after opening new windows
– I resized a window and it blew up in my face
In related news, Apple recently announced that support for Stage Manager would be expanded to the 11-inch iPad Pro (first generation and later) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation and later). When iPadOS 16 was announced, Apple said that Stage Manager would only be available on iPads with the M1 chip since it would be difficult for older iPads to run the feature while offering smooth performance.
In addition to this, external display support for Stage Manager has been removed from iPadOS 16.1 beta for all iPad models. It will be added in a software update later this year.
As for when iPadOS 16 will be released, Apple has not provided a specific date. But, it will likely arrive alongside iOS 16.1 as the update will be labeled as iPadOS 16.1.