It seems like Apple Might Offer Your Old iPad Life Again. One of the best features that were introduced by the iPadOS 16 is stage manager, adding a Mac-level computing trick to Apple’s tablet.
However, this is the feature that is currently exclusive to iPads with the M1 silicon inside, as Apple has stressed that only the M1 delivers enough juice for the feature to work smoothly on iPads. But it seems that there is still some hope for non-M1 iPads.
Apple Might Offer Your Old iPad Life Again
The folks over at 9to5Mac did some digging in the code of iPadOS 16 and found a hidden setting that can enable stage Manager on older iPads with Apple’s A-Series processors. Apple refers to these older iPads with Apple’s A-series processors. Apple refers to these older iPads as “Legacy Devices” in reference to “Chamois,” which is the internal codename for stage Manager.
Once it has been enabled, the stage manager would potentially be functional on older iPads without M1 silicon. There is no official word from Apple on the matter, and therefore no guarantee that it’ll ever see the light of day. There is, however, some precedent for a situation like this, which does allow us to continue to hope.
This live text feature, which scans images and identifies text, was initially limited to M1 Macs when macOS Monterey was released. After a relatively short period of time, Apple quietly updated the support document which includes Live Text Support for all Macs that are capable of running macOS Monterey, both Intel, and M1 Flavors.
Why is Stage Manager M1-Exclusive?
Stage Manager marks one of the first major breaking points between M-Series and A-Series iPad in iPadOS 16, but the explanations that were given by Apple have not really been satisfactory.
Apple initially noted that the stage Manager requires a certain level of computing and graphics power to achieve the desired level of responsiveness on its products. When it comes to stage Manager, the M1 chip proved to be the performance threshold capable of delivering the requisite level of fluidity.
9to5mac folks did some digging in the code of iPadOS 16 and found a hidden setting that can enable Manager on older iPads with Apple’s A-series processors. Apple Refers to these much older iPads as “Legacy Devices” in reference to “Chamois,” which happens to be functional on older iPads without M1 silicon.
There is no official word from Apple on the matter, and therefore no guarantee that it will come out again. however, there are however some precedent situations that like this, which do allow us to continue to hope.