As post-WWDC interviews with Apple Software Engineering chief Craig Federighi unfold, we continue to learn more about Apple’s reasoning behind iPadOS’s new Stage Manager feature being limited to iPads with the M1 chip.
Posted by last interview Forbes Contributor David Phelan, who asked Federighi if Apple had tried to make Stage Manager work with iPad models without the M1 chip. In response, Federighi said that Apple did some preliminary testing of the feature on other iPads, but Apple was not satisfied with the experience it delivered on those devices.
“We started some of our prototypes tied to those systems and it quickly became apparent that we could not deliver the experience we were designed for with them.” “Of course we would love to bring any new experience to as many devices as possible, but we don’t want to stop defining a new experience and build the best foundation for the future in that experience. And we could really just do that by building on M1.” ,
in an interview with techcrunchMatthew Panzarino, Federighi shared earlier this week that the performance of the M1 chip ensures that all applications used in Stage Manager respond “instantly,” as customers have come to expect from touch interfaces.
In a statement shared by René Ritchie last week, Apple said Stage Manager requires “larger internal memory, faster storage, and flexible external display I/O, all delivered by iPads with the M1 chip.” are done.” ,
The iPad Pro M1 is available with up to 16GB of RAM and a Thunderbolt port, while the previous generation iPad Pro has 6GB of RAM and a USB-C port. The iPad Pro M1 also has 2x faster storage and up to 40% faster GPU performance than the previous model. The fifth-generation iPad Air is also equipped with the M1 chip, but the iPad mini, base iPad, and older iPad Pro models are not.
Introduced as part of iPadOS 16, Stage Manager allows users to resize iPad apps in overlapping windows for a better multitasking experience. The feature fully supports external displays with 6K resolution, allowing users to work with up to four apps on the iPad and up to four apps on the external display simultaneously. A version of Stage Manager is also available in macOS Ventura to keep windows in front and center.