Coming this fall, macOS Monterey brings a ton of new features Apple desktops and laptops. But many of these features, including FaceTime Portrait mode, won’t be available on Intel-based Macs.
Apple did not announce that some of its macOS features were exclusive to M1 during its WWDC event earlier this week. The gap, first reported by MacRumors, was discovered in the fine print of Apple MacOS 12 release page.
Here are the Monterey features not supported by Intel-based Macs:
- FaceTime Portrait Mode: Similar to the background blur features in Zoom or Google Meet, FaceTime Portrait mode applies a bokeh effect to the background of video calls.
- Live Text: A really cool feature that allows you to highlight, copy and paste text from images. If you have a picture of a classroom whiteboard, for example, you can copy all the text and save it as a Word document.
- Detailed Apple Maps Streetviews: Some large cities get 3D landmarks in Apple Maps, like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
- Apple Maps Globe Vue: Basically Google Earth for Apple Maps.
- Text-to-speech languages: Monterey offers speech synthesis in Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish, but only on M1 machines!
- New dictation features: Intel Macs will not get offline dictation or unlimited dictation support (before Monterey, dictation was limited to one minute).
It looks like Apple is slowing down software support for Intel machines way ahead of schedule. Of course, this is not an apocalyptic scenario – the M1-exclusive Monterey features really aren’t. this important, and Apple will continue to provide operating system and security updates to Intel users for years to come. (Now is a good time to point out that Monterey is working on some 7 year old Mac, which is an impressive achievement.)