macOS Monterey was unveiled at the WWDC21 keynote with a redesigned Safari, universal control, and more. While Apple hasn’t put them forward, there are several new features available only for Mac M1s that Intel users won’t be able to take advantage of. Read on as we round them up.

When Apple made the transition from PowerPC to Intel, the company quickly abandoned support for older Macs. While Apple is in the midst of Intel’s transition to its own silicon, the company is still supporting many Intel Macs.

With the second major software update to take advantage of Apple Silicon, here are the features Apple introduced that will only be available for its Macs with proprietary processors.

Portrait mode on FaceTime: Only Mac M1s on macOS Monterey will be able to blur the background of a video call using FaceTime.

Live text in photos: Gives users the ability to interact with text in photos, such as copy and paste, search and translate. Live Text will work in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari.

Plans: The interactive globe and in-depth new city experience will only be available on M1 Macs running macOS Monterey. With these two features, users will be able to interact with a 3D globe and explore cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London with details of elevation, roads, trees, buildings, landmarks, etc.

Object capture: With macOS Monterey, users will be able to transform a series of 2D images into an AR-optimized photo-realistic 3D object in minutes using the power of Mac.

Siri: Neural Text-to-Speech in more languages ​​is only available for Mac M1. With macOS Monterey, this feature will be available in more languages: Swedish (Sweden), Danish (Denmark), Norwegian (Norway), and Finnish (Finland).

Dictation on the device: Keyboard dictation helps protect user privacy by performing all processing completely offline. With macOS Monterey, users can dictate texts of any length without delay.

As we are still in beta 1 of macOS 12 Monterey, Apple may change the availability of features and which Macs they will work with.

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