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Apple explains why Stage Manager is only available on iPad M1s



Apple explains why Stage Manager is only available on iPad M1s


We finally know why Stage Manager is only available for iPads with the M1 processor.

At WWDC 2022, Apple introduced a new feature for iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura called Stage Manager. The new feature automatically organizes apps and windows, allowing you to multitask, but Apple manages your normally cluttered desktop.

Stage Manager is an entirely new multitasking experience that automatically arranges applications and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks. For the first time on iPad, users can layer windows of different sizes in a single view, drag and drop windows from the side, or open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps for faster, more flexible multitasking. The app window that users are working on is displayed prominently in the center, and other open apps and windows are arranged on the left side in order of age.

Unfortunately, Stage Manager is only available on iPads with the M1 processor. In a new Digital Trends report, Apple explained why. According to the company, the feature is reserved for M1 iPads as it is required to handle iPadOS 16’s memory swapping feature.

According to Apple, Stage Manager is exclusive to the M1 chips due to iPadOS 16’s fast memory swapping feature, which Stage Manager relies heavily on. Similar to what we’ve seen on Android devices, this process allows apps to convert storage to RAM for more power. Stage Manager allows users to run up to eight applications at a time, some of which may require up to 16GB of RAM. In other words, a lot of resources are needed. As such, the new window management feature needs M1 for smooth performance.

So if you want to take advantage of Stage Manager with iPadOS 16, you’ll need the iPad Air 5th generation, iPad Pro 11-inch 3rd generation, or iPad Pro 12.9-inch 5th generation.

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