Stage Manager was announced earlier this year as a new iPad and Mac feature, but it’s a bigger deal for iPads. It will bring overlapping application windows to the iPad for the first time, but now Apple is rethinking the feature.
Stage Manager was supposed to debut on iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura, but the Mac update isn’t out yet, and iPadOS 16 was publicly delayed. Apple didn’t say the exact reason for the delay, but Stage Manager in the initial beta builds was a rough experience, to say the least. The iPad version allows for more desktop-like multi-tasking, but the existing split-screen system was confusingly left in place, and not all apps were compatible with resizing.
New beta builds of iPadOS 16.1 (it’s skipping 16.0) and iOS 16.1 were released today, and there are significant changes to Stage Manager. According to MacRumors, it’s now available on the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models with A12Z and A12X chips. Before now, Stage Manager only worked on iPads with M1 chipsets — Apple said in June that the feature relied on the M1’s enhanced swap memory.
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