We may not like it, but sometimes software implementation decisions are a trade-off between features and performance. And this week, some people are excited about it.
When Apple announced Stage Manager for iPadOS 16 last week, it noted that the feature was only available on M1-based iPads. This has led some people to wonder why the feature doesn’t work on recent iPad Pros that don’t have an M1 chip. It’s a fair question, but Apple’s answer is basically what you would imagine:
Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that offers a whole new windowing experience…
It is an experience of experiences. If you have recursive experience, you know it needs top-notch hardware.
…that is incredibly fast and responsive and allows[s] users to run 8 apps simultaneously on iPad and an external display with up to 6K resolution. Delivering this experience…
Was this comment written by an experience?
…with the immediacy users expect from iPad’s touch-first experience…
Everything okay there, Apple?
…requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O, all of which are provided by iPads with the M1 chip.
I think you mean “the M1 chip experience”.
Too long, fell asleep while reading: It sucks on non-M1 iPads and Apple doesn’t like it when things are bad.
Craig Federighi has continued to add more color to this limitation by reverting the use of the word “experience” from “EXPERIENCE OVERDRIVE MODE” to “Regular Experience Mode”.
“We also see Stage Manager as a total experience involving external display guidance. And the IO on the M1 supports connectivity that our previous iPads don’t have, it can drive 4K, 5K, 6K displays, it can drive them at scaled resolutions. We can’t do that on other iPads.”
Indeed, showing Stage Manager on a connected display is what really made the Macalope think it was interested in this feature. Experience. Whatever. That turns out to be a bit of a problem for him, at least initially, as his current iPad is a 2018 iPad Pro and not an M1 model. What’s a mythical beast to do? He plans to use Stage Manager when the public beta is out, but the iPad Pro is likely to be refreshed this fall. Is he buying an iPad Air now or is he waiting?
It’s a shame to be in this position, but these compromises are common in technology. Stage Manager is essentially a professional feature and thus only works on advanced hardware.
If you want to get mad about something (and who wouldn’t?!), this is a much more ridiculous thing Apple is doing right now. If you go to the old Apple.com web store today, you’ll see the Apple Watch Series 3 for sale. You can buy one! Apple will still be selling this nearly five-year-old watch in June 2022. But it’s cheap! Only $199! What is wrong with that?
What’s wrong with it is that watchOS 9, which will be released this fall, won’t run on the Series 7. Buy a Series 3 Watch today and enjoy three months of use on the latest operating system.
Obviously, Apple has provided some software features that won’t work on hardware that’s more than a few years old. The Macalope recalls not being able to enjoy the spin block animation when switching accounts on OS X for a few years. But he has a hard time remembering an instance of the company selling a device that wouldn’t get the OS update three months later. . This seems like something Apple shouldn’t be doing. Indeed, the Macalope was surprised to see the Series 3 still being sold after last year’s event where the Series 7 was unveiled. He was even more surprised to see it sold after last week’s WWDC Keynote.
The horny one doesn’t like to play the “Don’t buy this device!” game. Everyone’s situation is different. But you should probably only buy a Series 3 Apple Watch in very limited circumstances. For example, if you need an Apple Watch to break into a TV show or art installation or have a tantrum or something.