One of the iPadOS 16’s most important new features is Stage Manager, which allows users to resize apps to overlapping windows for an enhanced multitasking experience. Stage Manager also fully supports an external monitor, allowing users to work with up to four apps on the iPad and up to four apps on the external monitor at the same time.


To the disappointment of some users, Stage Manager is limited to iPad models with M1 chip, including the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air. In a statement shared with Rene Ritchie, Apple explained its rationale for this limitation by claiming that the Stage Manager experience “requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage and flexible external display I / O, all provided by iPads with M1 chips.”

Apple’s full statement, which shared by Ritchie:

Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that provides a completely new window experience that is incredibly fast and responsive and allows users to run 8 apps simultaneously on the iPad and an external screen with up to 6K resolution. Delivering this experience with the immediacy users expect from the iPad’s touch-first experience requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I / O, all of which are provided by iPads with the M1 chip.

For example, the M1 iPad Pro is available with up to 16 GB of RAM, compared to 6 GB in 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 M1 chip iPad models, the iPadOS 16 as a whole is compatible with all iPad Pro models, third-generation iPad Air and later, fifth-generation iPad and newer, and fifth-generation iPad mini and newer. The update is currently in beta for developers, and Apple plans to release a public beta in July. iPadOS 16 will be released to all users around September.

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