THE apple heard our prayers: the Stage Manager can be used in iPads without Apple M1. That’s what a new beta of iPadOS 16, which made available the function to bring the tablet closer to the Mac by improving multitasking. The problem is that the expansion of the function brings some limitations to users.
Stage Manager is the main new feature of iPadOS 16. Announced at WWDC 2022, the solution offers the possibility to open apps in windows, as well as on a computer. Additionally, users can utilize an external monitor to enhance productivity, not limited to screens up to 12.9 inches.
The function is promising. But few would have access until then: during the announcement, Apple said that only tablets with the M1 processor would be compatible with the novelty. In other words, to use it, you would need to have an iPad Pro or an iPad Air with the chip for Macs.
Apple releases Stage Manager for older iPads
The decision resulted in numerous complaints. In June, the 9to5Mac recalled that, even before the Apple M1 was launched, the manufacturer distributed a Mac Mini for developers with the Apple A12Z in 2020, and it worked super well. If you don’t know, it’s the same processor as the iPad Pro launched in 2020.
However, Apple decided to release Stage Manager to Apple A12X and A12Z tablets. That is, if you have a first generation 11-inch iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro or newer, the function will be available on your device. But unfortunately, only models with M1 will be able to use an external monitor.
External display will not be available on iPadOS 16
The use of the external monitor will also be limited in M1 editions. In the fifth beta for developers of iPadOS 16, Apple disabled the function that had been available since the first test version of the system. But, according to Apple Engadgetthe solution will return in an update later this year.
“Customers with iPad Pro 3rd and 4th generation have expressed great interest in being able to experience Stage Manager on their iPads,” they said in a note to the website. “In response, our teams worked hard to find a way to provide a single-screen version for these systems, supporting up to four live apps on the iPad screen at once.”
Stage Manager offers a much-needed productivity boost. But – yes, there is always a but – not everyone is happy with the new feature due to performance glitches and other usability issues. This is the case of Federico Viticci, from MacStorieswhich temporarily disabled the function on your iPad Pro.
“As much as I like to use 3 or 4 apps at the same time, the implementation isn’t quite there yet,” Viticci said in late August. by twitter. “Fails every few minutes; difficult to use multiple windows for the same application; UI flaws everywhere.”
There was even a joke:
Meanwhile, Samsung no strokes
Apple isn’t the first company to think of a Stage Manager-style solution. Samsung, for example, offers DeX mode on its tablets, which allows you to use them as you would a computer, since 2018. Among them is the Galaxy Tab S7 FE, a model with an intermediate data sheet released in Brazil and, 2021.
we arrived at test the feature on Galaxy Tab S7 FE. In our review, the tablet even stuttered when activating the DeX mode. But otherwise, it performed satisfactorily for a model in its category. The result is better in Galaxy Tab S7, as pointed out in the review of technoblog.
With information: Engadget