We may not like it, but sometimes software implementation decisions are a tradeoff between features and performance. And this week some people got excited about it.
When Apple announced Stage Manager for the iPadOS 16 last week, it noted that the feature was only available on M1-based iPads. Some people are wondering why this feature is not running in the latest iPad programs that do not have M1 chip. This is a fair question, however Apple’s answer Basically what you would imagine:
Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that provides the experience of creating a completely new window …
It’s an experience of experience. When you have a recurring experience, you know that it requires top-notch hardware.
… Which is incredibly fast and responsive and allows[s] Users can run up to 8 apps simultaneously across the iPad and an external display with resolutions up to 6K. Providing this experience …
Was this response written by an experience?
Immediately users expect the first touch of the iPad …
Everything is fine there, Apple?
প্রয়োজন Requires large internal memory, incredibly fast storage and flexible external display I / O, all supplied by iPads with M1 chip.
I guess 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 suck.
Craig Federighi adds color to this limitation when dialing the use of the word “experience” from “experience overdrive mode” to “regular experience mode”.
“We also see the stage manager as a total experience involving external display conductivity. And the M1 supports IO connectivity that our previous iPads don’t have, it can run 4K, 5K, 6K displays, it can run in scaled resolution. We can’t do that on another iPad. “
In fact, showing the stage manager on an integrated display made McAuley really think he was interested in the feature. Experience. Whatever. As it turns out, this is going to be a bit of a problem for him, at least initially, because his current iPad is a 2018 iPad Pro, not an M1-based model. What should a mythical animal do? He wants to run Stage Manager once the public beta is out, but the iPad Pro is likely to be refreshed this fall. Will he buy an iPad Air now or will he wait?
It is unfortunate to be in this position, but these tradeoffs often occur in the case of technology. Stage Manager is basically a pro feature and thus only runs on high-end hardware.
If you want to get mad at something (and who doesn’t ?!), Apple is doing one more ridiculous thing right now. If you visit your old Apple.com web store right now, you will find Apple Watch Series 3 for sale. You can buy one! Apple is still selling this nearly five-year-old watch in June 2022. But it is cheap! Only $ 199! What’s wrong with that?
The problem with this is that WatchOS 9, which will be released this fall, will not run on Series 7. Buy a Series 3 Watch today and enjoy running your latest OS in three months.
Now, apparently, Apple has introduced some software features that do not run on hardware older than a few years. McAuley remembers not being able to enjoy turning block animation while switching accounts to OS X for several years. But he’s having a hard time remembering an example of a company selling a device that isn’t going to get an OS update after three months. This is something that Apple should not do. In fact, McCallup was surprised to see Series 3 still being sold after last year’s event where Series 7 was unveiled. He was even more surprised to see it go on sale after last week’s WWDC Keynote.
Horny “Don’t buy this device!” Don’t like to play. Everyone’s situation in the game is different. But you should probably buy a Series 3 Apple Watch in very limited circumstances. If you need an Apple Watch for a television show or art installation or rage or something else.