One of the major new features in iPadOS 16 is Stage Manager, which allows users to resize apps in overlapping windows for a better multitasking experience. Stage Manager also fully supports external displays, allowing users to work with up to four apps on the iPad and up to four apps on the external display simultaneously.
To the dismay of some users, Stage Manager is limited to iPad models with the M1 chip, including the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air. In a statement shared with Rene RichieApple explained the reason for this limitation, explaining that the Stage Manager experience requires “large internal memory, blazing fast storage, and flexible external display I/O, all of which ship with iPads with the M1 chip.”
Apple’s full statement, eg shared by Richie,
Stage Manager is a completely integrated experience that delivers an entirely new windowing experience that is incredibly fast and responsive and allows users to run up to 8 apps simultaneously on the iPad and an external display at 6K resolution. To deliver this experience with the urgency that users have come to expect from the iPad’s first touch experience, large internal memory, blazing fast storage, and flexible external display I/O are needed, all of which are supported by the iPad’s M1 chip. are provided with.
For example, the iPad Pro M1 is available with up to 16GB of RAM, compared to 6GB on the previous generation iPad Pro. Apple also said that the M1 iPad Pro has 2x faster storage than the previous generation model.
While the Stage Manager feature is limited to iPad models with the M1 chip, iPadOS 16 overall supports all iPad Pro models, iPad Air third generation and newer, iPad 5th generation, and more new and fifth generation iPads. iPad mini and newer. The update is currently in developer beta, and Apple is planning to release a public beta in July. iPadOS should be released to all users around September 16th.