Stage Manager is coming to non-M1 iPad models


Apple will potentially release iPadOS 16 in October with a boatload of forward-facing additions. One of the main features announced by Apple during its WWDC event was Stage Manager. However, the new feature was developed to work only on iPad models with an M1 chip. Well, it looks like Apple is finally changing its mind after hearing a lot of complaints. Scroll down to read more details on the subject.

Apple Brings Stage Manager to Older iPad Pro Models Without M1 Chip, Responding Positively to Critics

The latest information is shared by Engadget, suggesting that iPad Pro models from 2018 and newer will support Stage Manager. The caveat here is that it won’t work with an external display. In addition to this, the company is also removing external display support for Stage Manager on iPad M1 models.

The publication writes:

That changes with the latest iPadOS 16 developer beta, which has just been released. Now Apple makes Stage Manager work with a number of older devices: it will work on the 11-inch iPad Pro (first generation and later) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation and later). Specifically, it will be available on 2018 and 2020 models which use the A12X and A12Z chips rather than the M1 only. However, there is one notable feature missing for older iPad Pro models – Stage Manager will only work on the iPad’s built-in screen. You will not be able to extend your display to an external monitor.

Before today, iPad Pro 2018 and 2020 models could not take advantage of Stage Manager. Both models are equipped with Apple’s A12Z and A12Z chips respectively. According to Apple, older iPad Pro models would not be able to deliver acceptable performance with the new multitasking interface. Indeed, the feature requires “large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O” provided by Apple’s M1 chip in the new iPads.

It’s great to see that Apple has responded positively to criticism after limiting the feature to the latest iPad models with an M1 chip. That’s all there is to it, folks. What do you think of Apple reversing its decision to limit Stage Manager to iPad M1 models? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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