The recent iPadOS 16 developer beta introduces Stage Manager to older iPad Pro models. Stage Manager no longer depends on Apple’s modern M1 chip, allowing legacy devices to support the functionality.

The Stage Manager, released by Apple as a part of the iPadOS 16 beta update, aims to simplify multitasking for its users. Switching between different applications becomes a breeze.

Up until this point, Stage Manager was only compatible with iPad models released last year, such as 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and M1-powered iPad Air models. The functionality will now be available for all the third and fourth-generation iPad Pro devices. The news was first reported by Engadget.

Nevertheless, with so many advantages comes the negative of Stage Manager being restricted to iPads’ internal displays. Older models are unable to extend the functionality to external displays.

Stage Manager’s external display support is delayed to software updates later this year. Some users shared concerns about Stage Manager’s initial external display feature. As such, Apple is likely to take more time to finish the functionality.

Significant change

Apple’s plans to make Stage Manager available to more iPad models is a significant change, considering that it previously stated that the feature would only work through an M1 chip. In June, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said that memory availability concerns and connectivity support caused Apple to restrict Stage Manager to M1 iPads.

Last month, Apple released the iPadOS 16.1 beta to all beta testers, breaking the chain of standard release rhythm. This is the first time since 2019 that iPadOS was updated at a different time than iOS.

Tip: Apple’s iPadOS 16.1 beta is here