Apple Debuts App Windows, Full External Display Support, and More for M1 iPads

Apple today announced a series of iPadOS 16 features exclusive to iPads with the M1 chip, including support for virtual memory swap, windowing via Stage Manager, improved external display support, and more.

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Virtual memory swap expands the amount of memory available to all iPad apps, with up to 16GB available to the most demanding apps on some iPad Pro models. iPadOS 16 includes a new way to scale the ‌iPad‌'s display to increase pixel density to see more inside apps, improving the multitasking experience.

‌Stage Manager‌ provides an all-new way to manage windows on the ‌iPad‌, with support for groups of up to four windows. When using an external display, iPadOS will display a full dock and switch to ‌Stage Manager‌. When using an external display, up to eight apps can run simultaneously between an ‌iPad‌ and an external display.

Reference Mode allows creators to exactly match color requirements in workflows like review and approve, color grading, and compositing.

These iPadOS 16 features are exclusive to iPads with the ‌M1‌ chip, including the fifth-generation ‌iPad Pro‌ and fifth-generation iPad Air. Reference Mode is only available on the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ with Liquid Retina XDR display.

Top Rated Comments

CornBeef4 Avatar
23 months ago
Imagine waiting four years for a proper multitasking support (which this still isn't) and then being told I can't even run it on my 2018 ipad pro. Done with this bs. Gonna grab the new air or surface
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
23 months ago

Imagine waiting four years for a proper multitasking support (which this still isn't) and then being told I can't even run it on my 2018 ipad pro. Done with this bs. Gonna grab the new air or surface
This was never something that Apple promised when they introduced the 2018 iPad Pros. Buying devices hoping for future upgrades is not a wise buying decision if the device doesn't already work for you when you buy it.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bradman83 Avatar
23 months ago
The inclusion of virtual memory swapping is absolutely huge and should not be understated. RAM limitations have been one of the biggest things holding many pro apps from the iPad which are now lifted.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
johnhackworth Avatar
23 months ago
So my two year old iPad Pro will *never* get proper external display support? Seething.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
23 months ago
Finally some proper windowing support and scaling. Getting closer and closer to being able to make iPad my only machine on the go.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bniu Avatar
23 months ago
Still no calculator, maybe next year…
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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