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Apple's Craig Federighi explains why Stage Manager only appears for M1 iPads

 It is probably the biggest feature of iPadOS 16: Stage Manager. The new feature takes multitasking to a new level, catching up with the Mac as macOS Ventura also introduces Stage Manager. You can use multiple apps at the same time in customizable windows and even set up workstations for different tasks, so you can group apps directly. 

Apple's Craig Federighi explains why Stage Manager only appears for M1 iPads

It's also supposed to allow for quick switching. However, there is a big catch: The function for the release of the new software will only be available to a few users. It requires Apple's M1 chip, which is currently only installed in the iPad Pro (2021) and the iPad Air (5th generation, 2022). Thus, not only the iPad (9th generation) as well as the iPad mini (6th generation) are left out, but all iPad models without the M1. 

That's why Stage Manager only runs on the M1 iPads.

Last week, industry expert René Ritchie had already asked Apple why only the latest models support Stage Manager. Apple replied: 

"Delivering this experience at the speed users expect from the iPad's touch-first experience requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage capacity, and flexible external display output, all of which are provided by iPads with the M1 chip."

Now Apple's software chief Craig Federighi also spoke about the limitations with TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino. To this, Federighi said:

"It's only the M1 iPads that have combined the high DRAM capacity with very high capacity and high-performance NAND that allows our virtual memory replacement to be super fast. (...) Now that we give you up to four apps on one level, plus another four (and) up to eight apps that are instant, responsive, and have lots of memory, we just don't have that capability on the other systems."

He goes on to say that Stage Manager is designed to take full advantage of the M1 chip. This should be especially noticeable in animations, which bring smooth transitions and shadows. Meanwhile, the feature is also said to support multiple and especially large screens, necessitating the chip's graphical power. Because the performance of the old chips is not nearly enough for the overall experience, Apple decided against the implementation of older systems. After all, Apple claims that the M1 chip has a 40 percent higher graphics performance compared to the predecessor's A12Z, while the RAM has increased from 6 GB to 8 GB to 16 GB (depending on the model). 

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According to Federighi, the team would like to make the feature available to everyone, but the performance requirements, unfortunately, don't allow it. However, there will be more and more devices supporting it in the future. For now, the feature is limited to the iPad Air (5th generation,2022), the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation, 2021), and the 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation, 2021).


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