These are the new features exclusive to the M1 iPad

iPadOS 16 offers a handful of new features, especially for iPad M1 users. After ten beta releases, the company has improved what is exclusive to these iPad owners and what more people can benefit from. Here are the exclusive features of the iPad M1 for iPad Air and iPad Pro for iPad Pro.

External display support for iPad M1 users running iPadOS 16

Later this year, owners of M1 iPads with iPadOS 16 will be able to have adequate support for an external display.

As Apple explains, full external display support is available on the iPad Pro with an M1 chip with a resolution of up to 6K, which means you can work with various apps on the iPad and the external display. With your iPad 16, you can also:

  • Access the application on the external display: Access your favorite and recently used applications from the Dock, or use the Application Library to find the desired application faster;
  • Drag and drop between iPad and external display: IPad M1 users running iPadOS 16 can drag and drop files and windows from iPad Pro to the external display and vice versa.

12.9-inch iPad Pro M1 with a unique feature in iPadOS 16

Even if you have an iPad M1, that doesn’t mean you’ll have all the features available in iPadOS 16, as Apple saved one feature on a larger iPad with new display modes:

  • Reference Mode: Enables the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display to provide reference colors for popular color standards and video formats;
  • Reference mode with sidecar: Use your iPad Pro as an additional reference display for your Mac.

The 2020 iPad Pro can also have its time in the spotlight

For iPad Pro 2020 or later users only, the exclusive Magnifier Accessibility feature on iPadOS 16 is available:

  • Magnifier detection mode: Get rich descriptions of your surroundings with the new magnifying glass mode that includes Door Detection, People Detection, and Image Descriptions;
  • Detecting the door in the magnifying glass: Locate the door, read the signs or labels around them, and get instructions on how to open the door.

Finally, if you have an iPad Air 5 with 256GB of storage or an iPad Pro M1, you can take advantage of this feature on iPadOS 16:

  • Virtual memory replacement: IPad memory can be used to expand the available memory for all applications and provides up to 16 gigabytes of memory for the most demanding applications.

Stage Manager is now available for iPad Pro 2018 and later models

Scene manager on iPad

Stage Manager was first revealed as an exclusive feature for the M1 iPad Air and M1 iPad Pro. Then, in late September, Apple announced that this feature would be coming to the 2018 iPad Pro and later models.

Here’s what you can do with Stage Manager:

  • Variable size windows: Resize the windows to fit your task;
  • Center application: Focus on the application you are working with without going full screen;
  • Quick access to windows and applications: The windows of the applications you are working in are displayed prominently in the center, and other applications are arranged on the left in the order of last use;
  • Overlapping windows: Create overlapping windows of different sizes in one view, giving you control over the arrangement of the perfect working space;
  • Group applications together: Drag and drop windows to the side or open applications from the Dock to create application sets that you can always return to.


These are features that will be available to iPad M1 users on iPadOS 16. The upcoming iPad operating system will be available in the fall, but you can take advantage of the public beta right now.

Are you excited about these new features? Do you think it’s enough to buy the iPad M1? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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