Despite the Stage Manager 9to5Mac, the 64 GB iPad Air 5 lacks memory replacement

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Despite the Stage Manager 9to5Mac, the 64 GB iPad Air 5 lacks memory replacement

With iPadOS 16, Apple announced several new features exclusive to iPads based on the M1 chip, such as: B. Stage Manager for running apps in Windows and for the first time also virtual memory exchange on an iOS device. Interestingly, it turns out that while memory swapping is one of Stage Manager’s requirements, it turns out that the base model iPad Air 5 lacks this ability.

For those unfamiliar, virtual memory swapping is a feature commonly used by computers to reallocate a portion of memory as virtual memory when the computer’s actual memory is already fully used by the system and apps . Even Macs are swapping out storage, and now with iPadOS 16, this feature will come to iPads for the first time.

According to Apple, iPadOS 16 allows the most demanding apps to use up to 16GB of space as temporary RAM. And of course, amid the controversy of limiting the Stage Manager feature to iPad models with the M1 chip, Apple claims that running iPad apps on Windows requires a super-fast virtual memory swap, which is theoretically only possible with the M1 chip is possible.

But here’s the thing. As noted by the developer Steve Troughton Smith On Twitter, the base model iPad Air 5 is not compatible with Virtual Memory Swap. That’s probably because the 64GB of internal storage isn’t enough to swap out storage. As Apple quietly hints on its website, swapping memory on iPad requires at least 128GB of storage space in addition to M1.

That’s totally understandable, but then the question arises: Why does Apple keep saying that Virtual Memory Swap is a requirement for Stage Manager when the 64GB iPad Air 5 that supports Stage Manager clearly doesn’t have Virtual Memory Swap?

Stage manager controversy

iPad Air 5 base model does not have memory replacement, although Stage Manager requires it.

Since the announcement of iPadOS 16 at WWDC 2022, several users have criticized Apple’s decision to limit Stage Manager to iPads with the M1 chip. Apple’s PR team was quick to get company executives to speak publicly about how the feature requires advanced hardware, but some previous-generation iPad Pro owners remain skeptical of those requirements.

Stage Manager allows users to run up to eight apps simultaneously on the iPad. Additionally, it enables support for an external display, which can also be used to interact with multiple apps in Windows.

The M1 chip requirement for Stage Manager is reasonably understandable. M1 iPads have at least 8GB of RAM and they’re certainly more powerful than other iPads, but it seems that Apple might have bothered to bring Stage Manager to other iPads in a certain way and decided against it.

Here’s what Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering, said in a recent interview:

It’s only the M1 iPads that combine the high DRAM capacity with very high capacity and high-performance NAND, allowing our virtual memory swap to be super-fast.

Federighi points out that Stage Manager was only made possible through Virtual Memory Swap, which isn’t available on the base iPad Air 5 model. He also claimed that M1 is responsible for the animations and shadows when using Stage Manager. Meanwhile, Intel Macs, which are less powerful than an iPad, get Stage Manager with macOS Ventura – does Apple know how bad Intel GPUs are at rendering animations?

9to5Mac’s take

As highlighted by mine 9to5Mac Colleague Ben Lovejoy could have brought Apple Stage Manager to older iPad Pro models or even the 4th generation iPad Air, with some caveats.

Working with a windowed interface isn’t just about the number of apps you can open at once. Personally, I rarely have more than four apps open on my Mac at once, but I still like being able to organize them the way I want. Some with larger windows, some with smaller ones.

If you think about the current state of multitasking in iPadOS 15, every iPad model can already run up to three apps at the same time without any performance problems. You can run two apps side-by-side with Split View and an additional app with Slide Over — not to mention Picture-in-Picture and Quick Note.

I’m pretty sure A12X and A12Z iPad Pro and owners who certainly bought these iPads with the promise that “their next computers wouldn’t be computers” would be more than happy to stage managers with a three to four limit to have apps instead of eight. iPads can already do this without a lot of RAM, memory swap or the powerful M1 chip for rendering animations and shadows.

Stage Manager requires iPads with M1 chip.

But what do you think? Could Apple have optimized Stage Manager to work with non-M1 iPads? Let me know in the comments below.

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