New cool iPadOS 16 mode suddenly found on older iPads

Stage Manager mode in iOS 16 was found in officially unsupported iPad models. MacRumors reports.

Stage Manager is a brand new windowing mode that Apple introduced at WWDC 2022 with iPadOS 16 and macOS 13. It lets you have multiple windows open at once and instantly switch between them.

After the presentation was over, the journalists discovered that Stage Manager is supported only on those iPad models that are powered by the Apple Silicon M1 chip. That is, in fact, even the fresh iPad mini 6 “flies” – it is equipped with the Apple A15 Bionic SoC.

However, everything turned out not quite so. In the first beta version of iPadOS 16, developers have discovered code that refers to an internal Chamois setting – this is the codename for Stage Manager – for Legacy Devices, that is, for devices that do not have an M1 chip. It turns out that initially Apple wanted to launch the new mode on more devices, but then changed its mind, and the function itself remained frozen for them inside iPadOS 16.

Earlier, Craig Federighi gave an interview to Forbes and explained why such a strict restriction was introduced for Stage Manager. He said early testing showed that “older” iPads (without the M1 chip) weren’t capable of properly pulling the Stage Manager, so the company decided to pull them out of support altogether. He said that the new feature can work well only on Silicon M1.

The source believes that the very fact of the presence of the mentioned lines of code in the beta version of iPadOS 16 gives hope that Stage Manager is still deployed to more devices. Recall that iPadOS 16 is supported by all Apple tablets, starting with the iPad 5 (2017), iPad Pro 9.7 (2016), iPad mini 5 and iPad Air 3.