Apple has dominated the tablet market for quite some time now. Whether it’s the entry level iPad, the iPad Air or the iPad Pro, the Cupertino company has managed to produce a best-in-class device for most segments.
One of the biggest pitfalls of Apple’s more high-end iPad models is their software. The iPad Pro in particular (especially the 12.9-inch version) is easily the most refined tablet on the market in terms of hardware. However, the software has consistently lagged behind the hardware, especially since the introduction of the M1 chipset.
It’s been shown time and time again that again Apple deliberately limits the potential of its iPads to maintain their status as tertiary devices — something you buy alongside your smartphone and laptop. To put it plainly, Apple doesn’t want your iPad to be a truly viable laptop replacement.
Stage Manager, the feature that should bring macOS-level multitasking to the iPad, is hardly in an ideal place as Apple refuses to listen to feedback from early adopters. However, a common concern seems to have been addressed: the deliberate exclusion of non-M1 iPads.
Apple initially planned to limit Stage Manager to just M1 iPads, as it was deemed too demanding. However, that just wasn’t the case. Many were quick to point out that newer non-M1 iPads had enough raw power to run Stage Manager. Instead, Apple just wanted to widen the gap between its high-end iPads and the more entry-level models.
Now, however, according to an article from Engaged, Apple has decided to introduce Stage Manager to some older iPad Pros. However, this has come at the cost of removing external display support. Essentially, more iPads will get Stage Manager, but none will be able to take advantage of today’s most “Pro” feature (ie support for external displays).
Apple clarifies that external display support will come to M1 iPads later, but there’s something inherently frustrating with how the company handles its tablets’ software.