Craig Federighi explains why Stage Manager doesn't work on all iPads
What you need to know
- Craig Federighi sat down for a new interview with TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino.
- The executive talked about Stage Manager, the new window management feature on Mac and iPad.
- Federighi also explained why the feature is only available on iPads with an M1 chip.
Craig Federighi is looking to close the books on the great Stage Manager debate.
In an interview with Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, went into depth about the new feature and the technical reasons it is limited to iPads running an M1 processor.
When asked about why Stage Manager was brought to the iPad with iPadOS 16, the executive talked about how it was one of the only window management features currently available for Mac that made sense to bring to the tablet.
While Apple has released its own statements about why Stage Manager is limited to iPads with an M1 processor, that has not stopped many from complaining about the lack of support for older models, claiming that Apple could bring the experience to A-Series iPads but chose not to for sales purposes.
Federighi is seeking to end that speculation, providing a multi-faceted explanation about all of the technical reasons the feature is only possible with the M1 chip:
You can read the entire interview at TechCrunch.
Bottom line: This s the best iPad for most people, offering fantastic performance thanks to the M1 chip, but also a great starting price. Whether you use an iPad for work, play, or a combination of the two, the iPad Air 5 will be able to handle anything you throw at it.
Get the best of iMore in your inbox, every day!
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.