Apple has made iPadOS 16.1 beta 3 available to developers. After ten betas after its first debut during the WWDC 2022 keynote – and several concerns about the Stage Manager feature – Apple plans to offer this capability to other iPad Pro models that do not have an M1 processor.
According to the report, Stage Manager will be available for iPad Pro models released in 2018 and after. They will not, however, function with an external display. Furthermore, Apple is discontinuing Stage Manager’s support for external displays on M1 iPads.
With several disputes and developers expressing concerns about how helpful and reliable this service is, Apple has issued a comment –
We introduced Stage Manager as a whole new way to multitask with overlapping, resizable windows on both the iPad display and a separate external display, with the ability to run up to eight live apps on screen at once. Delivering this multi-display support is only possible with the full power of M1-based iPads. Customers with iPad Pro 3rd and 4th generation have expressed strong interest in being able to experience Stage Manager on their iPads. In response, our teams have worked hard to find a way to deliver a single-screen version for these systems, with support for up to four live apps on the iPad screen at once.
The key feature in iPadOS 16 is Stage Manager, which is also available on macOS Ventura. This is part of Apple’s effort to improve platform integration. Finally, Apple claims that external display capability for Stage Manager will be added to M1 iPads later this year through a software update.