Why the best feature will be limited to M1 chips

After the announcement of iPad OS 16, some were excited by the possibility of working with windows just like in macOS Ventura. The arrival of Stage Manager will boost productivity for many, however, that won't be possible on all iPad models. The new feature presented at WWDC 2022 has a big limitation: the hardware, so will only be available on devices with M1 chip.

Apple confirmed to Digital Trends that Stage Manager can only be used on the latest iPad Pro and iPad Air. The reason it won't be available on other iOS 16 compatible devices is that requires a considerable amount of RAM to open eight applications at the same time. The M1 chips have a fast memory swap function which converts storage space into virtual RAM.

Because some applications may require more than 16 GB of RAM, Apple will allow increase the allowed limit of memory using storage. This will only be possible on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro, and the newly announced iPad Air. All of them with Apple M1 chip.

The best feature of iPadOS 16 will be limited to three iPads

Stage Manager allows you to layer windows of different sizes, drag and drop windows from the side, and open applications from the Dock to create groups. Image: Apple

iPadOS 16 will arrive with important changes, although the most notable is Stage Manager. Known as Visual Organizer in Spain, or Visualization Manager in Latin America, This manager allows you to change the size of windows or superimpose them on the same screen. With a simple touch — or a click of the mouse or trackpad — you can switch between apps or organize them into groups.

Stage Manager It will only be available on iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation). Another exclusive option of the M1 chips will be the scaling mode that increases the pixel density of the screen so that the apps show more elements.

iPad Mini or iPads with the Ax chip will be able to enjoy other features of iPadOS 16, such as Shared Photo Library, the new weather app and collaboration options. They will also have access to what's new in Spotlight, Mail or Safari, such as rich search, intelligent management of your emails and passkeys that seek to eliminate dependency on passwords.

Others benefits with restrictions will be the Live Text and the quick actions to convert currencies, translate texts with the Camera app, only available for iPad models with A13 Bionic chip or later. The option of separate the subject of an image can only be used with iPad with A12 Bionic chip or later.

iPadOS 16 will arrive during the last quarter of 2022 in its final version. The first public beta will be released in July, while the developer beta is available today.

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