Although the upcoming iPadOS 16 will be available across all compatible iPad models, certain features like Stage manager will only be available on Apple Silicon iPad models like iPad Pro (2021) and iPad Air (2022) models. And now we know why.
Apple leaker and YouTuber, @Rene Ritchie reached out to Apple in the hope to understand why owners of iPad Pro 2020 and older models were left out of getting the new multitasking feature like Stage Manager.
The tech giant answered that the prerequisites of the new feature can only be met with the powerful M1 chip which offers larger internal memory and more.
Only the M1 chip offers the internal memory, flexibility, and more to support iPadOS 16 new Stage Manager feature
The new powerful multitasking feature, Stage Manager comes with support for an external display with up to 6K resolution which enables users to run up to 8 apps on two devices combined, Mac and iPad. It delivers a completely new experience that organizes apps and windows, automatically, so users can quickly and seamlessly switch between tasks.
For the first time on iPad, Stage Manager gives users extraordinary flexible multitasking capabilities like dragging and dropping windows from the side, creating overlapping windows of different sizes in a single view, and much more. And all of that is possible because of the M1 Apple Silicon. The company explained:
Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that provides all-new windowing experience that is incredibly fast and responsive and allow users to run 8 apps simultaneously across iPad and an external display with up to 6K resolution. Delivering this experience with the immediacy users expect from iPad’s touch-first experience requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O, all of which are delivered by iPads with the M1 chip.
In 2020, Apple bid farewell to Intel processors for new Macs after it launched its custom-built M1 chip. The M1 Apple Silicon delivered exceptional performance and incredible battery life.
In 2021, the company replaced the A12 Z chip with an M1 chip in the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and in 2022, the chip was introduced in iPad Air.