With iPadOS 16, Apple announced a number of new features that are exclusive to iPads based on the M1 chip, such as Stage Manager for running apps in Windows and virtual memory swap for the first time on an iOS device. Interestingly, memory swapping is reportedly one of Stage Manager’s requirements, but it turns out that the base model iPad Air 5 lacks this capability.
For those unfamiliar, virtual memory swap is a feature used by a computer to reallocate some storage as virtual RAM when the computer’s actual RAM is already fully used by the system and apps. Its being done. Even Macs do memory swapping and now this feature will be available on iPad for the first time with iPadOS 16.
According to Apple, iPadOS 16 allows the most demanding apps to use up to 16GB of storage as temporary RAM. And of course, amid controversy over limiting the Stage Manager feature to iPad models with the M1 chip, Apple claims that running iPad apps in Windows requires super-fast virtual memory swap, which could theoretically Only possible with M1 chip.
But here’s the thing. As noted by the developer Steve Troughton-Smith On Twitter, the base model of the iPad Air 5 is not compatible with virtual memory swap. This is probably because 64GB of internal storage memory is not enough for swapping. As Apple quietly suggests on its website, memory swapping on the iPad requires at least 128GB of storage in addition to the M1.
This is completely understandable, but then comes the question: why does Apple keep saying that virtual memory swap is a requirement for Stage Manager, when the 64GB iPad Air 5, which supports Stage Manager, explicitly includes There is no virtual memory swap from?
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Since the announcement of iPadOS 16 at WWDC 2022, many users have been criticizing Apple’s decision to limit Stage Manager to iPads with the M1 chip. Apple’s PR team quickly called for company executives to speak publicly about how the feature demands advanced hardware, but some previous-generation iPad Pro owners remain skeptical about these requirements.
Stage Manager lets users run up to eight apps on the iPad at once. In addition, it enables support for an external display that can also be used to interact with multiple apps in Windows.
The need for an M1 chip for a stage manager is somewhat understandable. M1 iPads tend to have at least 8GB of RAM and they’re certainly more powerful than other iPads, but it looks like Apple may have tried to bring Stage Manager to other iPads a certain way and it didn’t. did.
Here’s what Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering, said in a recent interview:
It’s only the M1 iPads that have combined high DRAM capacity with very high capacity, high performance NAND that allows our virtual memory swap to be super fast.
Federighi emphasizes that Stage Manager was made possible only because of virtual memory swap, which is not available on the base model of the iPad Air 5. He also claimed that M1 is responsible for animations and shadows when using Stage Manager. Meanwhile, Intel Macs that are less powerful than iPads will get Stage Manager with macOS Ventura – does Apple know how bad Intel GPUs are for rendering animations?
As my . is indicated by 9to5Mac Collaborator Ben Lovejoy could bring Apple Stage Manager to older iPad Pro models or even the fourth-generation iPad Air, with some limitations.
Working with a windowed interface isn’t just about the amount of apps you can have open at once. Personally, I rarely have more than four apps open on my Mac at the same time, but I still love being able to organize them the way I want. Some with large windows, some with small windows.
If you think about the current state of multitasking in iPadOS 15, each iPad model can already run up to three apps simultaneously without performance issues. You can have two apps running side-by-side with Split View and an additional app running with Slide Over — not to mention picture-in-picture and Quick Note.
I’m pretty sure the A12X and A12Z iPad Pro and owners who definitely bought these iPads with the promise that “their next computers won’t be computers,” the stage manager with a range of three to four, would be more than happy to find Apps instead of eight. iPads can already do this without a lot of RAM, memory swap, or the powerful M1 chip to provide animations and shadows.
But what do you think? Could Apple have adapted Stage Manager to work with non-M1 iPads? Let me know in the comments below.
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