We might not like it, but sometimes software implementation decisions are a compromise between features and performance. And this week some people are keen on 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 got some people upset, wondering why the feature doesn’t run on newer iPad Pros that don’t have the M1 chip. It’s a valid question, though Apple’s answer is basically what you imagine:
Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that offers a whole new window experience…
It is an experience of experiences. If you have any recursive experience, you know that it requires top-of-the-line hardware.
…which is incredibly fast and responsive and enables[s] Users can run 8 apps simultaneously on the iPad and an external display with a resolution of up to 6K. Giving this experience…
Was this answer written from an experience?
…with the immediacy users have come to expect from the iPad’s touch-first experience…
Are you okay, Apple?
…requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O, all of which are delivered by iPads with the M1 chip.
I think you mean “the M1 chip experience”.
Too long, falling asleep reading: it sucks on non-M1 iPads and Apple doesn’t like it when things suck.
Craig Federighi has been further added more color for this constraint while reverting use of the word “experience” from “EXPERIENCE OVERDRIVE MODE” to “Regular Experience Mode”.
“We also view Stage Manager as an overall experience that includes the conductivity of external displays. 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.”
In fact, it was showing Stage Manager on a connected display that really got the Macalope thinking it was interested in that feature. Experience. However. As it turns out, that will be a bit of a problem for him, at least initially, since his current iPad is a 2018 iPad Pro, not an M1-based model. What’s a mythical beast to do? He wants to run Stage Manager when the public beta ends, but the iPad Pro will likely get a refresh this fall. Will he buy an iPad Air now or wait?
It’s unfortunate to be in this position, but these trade-offs are common in technology. Stage Manager is essentially a pro feature, so it only runs on high-end hardware.
If there’s something you want to get upset about (and who doesn’t?!), here’s a much more ridiculous thing Apple is currently doing. If you go to your old Apple.com web store today, you will see the Apple Watch Series 3 for sale. You can buy one! Apple is still selling this almost five-year-old watch in June 2022. But it’s cheap! Only $199! What is wrong with that?
What’s wrong with that 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 your three months with the latest operating system.
Well, Apple has clearly shipped some software features that won’t run on hardware more than a few years old. The Macalope recalls not enjoying the flip block animation when switching accounts on OS X for a few years. But he has a hard time recalling a case where the company sold a device that three months later was not to receive an operating system update. This seems like something Apple shouldn’t do. In fact, the Macalope was surprised that the Series 3 is still selling after last year’s event where the Series 7 was unveiled. He was even more surprised when he saw the sale after last week’s WWDC keynote.
Horny doesn’t like to play the don’t buy this device game. Everyone has a different situation. But you should probably only buy an Apple Watch Series 3 under very limited circumstances. Like when you need an Apple Watch to smash in a TV show or art installation or in a tantrum or something.