Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi spoke about the new Stage Manager feature in iPadOS 16, which offers a new way to multitask with multiple overlapping windows on iPads with the M1 chip.
Introduced at WWDC last week, Stage Manager is an all-new multitasking experience which automatically organizes applications and windows. For the first time on iPad, users can create layered windows of different sizes in a single view, drag and drop side windows, or open apps from the Dock to create app groups for faster multitasking.
Apple has come under fire from users for limiting Stage Manager to newer iPad models with the M1 chip, which Apple defended by sharing that the new tool requires everything the M1 chip has to offer, including including larger internal memory and fast storage to enable functionality. to function properly.
In an interview with Forbes’ David PhelanFederighi shared that Apple tested Stage Manager on models without an M1 chip, however, the results fell short of Apple’s desired experience.
“We started some of our prototyping involving these systems and it became clear early on that we couldn’t deliver the experience we were designing towards with them,” Federighi said. “Certainly, we would like to bring a new experience to every device we can, but we also don’t want to hold back the definition of a new experience and not create the best foundation for the future in that experience. And we could only really do that by relying on the M1. »
You can read the full interview here David Phelan and Craig Federighi here.