With iPad OS 16, Apple is giving iPad users what they want. It’s introducing Stage Manager to be its biggest feature, a powerful windowing system for iPads that’s similar to what you’ll find on a MacBook running Ventura. The only problem? The iPad you are currently using might not be getting this feature.
Apple has shared that Stage Manager on iPad is limited to the tablets powered by the M1 chip, which means it will only work with three iPad models — iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), and the recently-launched iPad Air (5th generation).
As a 4th gen iPad Air user, I was excited to try the iPadOS 16 Developer Preview because I thought I’d finally be getting these long-awaited multitasking features! But to my surprise, Apple isn’t rolling out one of the most important features of iPadOS 16 for its barely two-year-old machine.
It is not just the ability to resize windows that’s missing. Stage Manager brings many more features like the center app feature that focuses on the app you are working on without occupying the full screen. You get to place this main app at the center while other apps are arranged on the left side in order of recent use. Additionally, you will not get overlapping windows (think of a typical Windows or macOS desktop arrangement), or app groupings.