9to5Mac reveals through iPadSO 16 source code that Apple has an internal mode for using Stage Manager on older iPads that don’t have the M1 chip. This even though the brand had declared that these iPads lacked the power to be able to use Stage Manager.
At WWDC 2022, Apple announced the Stage Manager feature for iPadOS 16. It improves multitasking with a flying window system that can accommodate up to eight apps. However, Stage Manager will only be available, when iPadOS 16 is officially released, on the iPad M1. Apple’s senior vice president of engineering, Craig Federighi, had explained why Stage Manager was only available on the latest iPads, citing that the older ones lacked the power.
Yes, but here it is 9to5Mac dug into the code for iPadOS 16 and found an Apple-internal mode that allows Stage Manager to be used on iPads that don’t have the M1 chip. The media say they have found an internal parameter called ” Chamois (this is the code name of Stage Manager), which can be activated on Legacy Devices in other words, older devices. Stage Manager can therefore effectively work on non-M1 iPads compatible with iPadOS 16.
Apple had already tested Stage Manager on older iPads
9to5Macrecalls that this is quite logical, since Craig Federighi had declared that Apple had indeed tested the improved multitasking mode on old iPads. He said he could not offer the experience that Apple wanted, due to a lack of performance.
Although9to5Machas found this mode, it does not mean that Stage Manager works smoothly on older iPads. However, it is likely that iPadOS developers will still have access to this mode for testing.
Is Apple laughing at us?
For years, Apple has reserved certain functions of its operating systems for its latest devices. In the case of Stage Manager, many are skeptical of the performance requirements of iPads to use it. Apple highlights the need to display smooth animations and beautiful shadows, but on the other hand Stage Manager is available for Intel Macs up to 2017 with macOS Ventura, as noted9to5Mac.
It is always possible that Apple will backtrack and finally decide to make Stage Manager available on all devices running iPadOS16. One could very well imagine a lighter mode on the old iPads, with a limitation of applications that can be used simultaneously. Apple might as well disable the ability to use an external display on its older touchscreen tablets to preserve performance while using Stage Manager.
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