At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) held yesterday, Apple announced the iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. The latest version of the company’s iPad-focused operating system features a lot of multitasking upgrades but probably the most interesting one is the Stage Manager feature. It will let you resize windows, so you can easily hide away other apps behind the primary window. It will also let you see which apps are active and transition between tasks more easily.
iPads are great devices, they offer impressive performance and utility but it’s not quite good at multitasking. However, that changes now with the new iPadOS 16. With the new OS, you’ll be able to do a lot more with your iPad.
It features some much-awaited features like the Weather app, Collaborative document editing, and of course the Stage Manager. In addition, the iPadOS 16 will also be getting some features from the IOS 16 like the Shared Photo Library and SharePlay in Messages.
Stage Manager is by far the most important feature of the iPadOS16. It brings a new way to multitask with multiple overlapping windows and full external display support. Stage Manager can automatically organize apps and windows, allowing you to drag and drop windows from the lower-right corner or open apps from the Dock to create groups of apps for different tasks. But there’s a catch, the Stage Manager feature is only available on iPads with an M1 processor or later.
“iPad is our most versatile device, and we’re excited to take what it can do even further with iPadOS 16,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“With Stage Manager, which takes multitasking on iPad to a whole new level, plus new ways to share and collaborate via Messages, Safari, and the new Freeform app, and new pro features like Reference Mode and Display Zoom, users can get even more done on iPad.”
iPadOS 16 Update Compatible Models
iPad Pro (all models)
iPad Air (3rd generation or later)
iPad (5th generation or later)
iPad mini (5th generation or later)