7 essential macOS Monterey features that won’t be available on Intel-based Macs
macOS Monterey promises to be interesting. It has many exciting features. However, there is a slight problem. Not all of us will enjoy them. Much of the news will not be available on computers with an Intel processor. While Apple is doing its best to provide long-term support for older machines, Intel-based Macs will miss some of the coolest macOS Monterey features announced at WWDC21.
Live Text in Photos
One of the key features of macOS Monterey is Live Text. It allows you to select text directly from images and quickly paste it into other applications. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this exciting feature will not appear on Intel Macs. In their case, users will still rely on third-party OCR software.
The dictation feature on Mac and iPhone works pretty well, and unlike Siri, it supports Polish. The only inconvenience is that you need to be connected to the internet to use the dictation function. Data transfer aside, not everyone wants their texts to be sent out into the world. Things are set to change with macOS Monterey and iOS 15. Whatever you say will be converted to offline text, right on your Mac or iPhone. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this feature will be limited to Macs with an M1 processor. Got an Intel-based Mac? Forget about dictating, nothing will change for you.
Now that we’re on the topic of dictation. One of the most annoying dictation restrictions on current versions of macOS is the fact that it’s limited to 60 seconds. In this situation, dictating longer texts is cumbersome. Of course, it is easy to understand where this comes from. Apple is concerned about overloading its speech-to-text servers. With macOS Monterey, that 60-second time limit is gone, and you can use your Mac to dictate as long text as you want. Provided your Mac has an M1 processor. In the case of a Mac with an Intel processor, everything remains the same.
Neural voice for text-to-speech
Monterey’s excellent neural text-to-speech voice has been added to more languages. You will be able to hear it as long as you have a Mac with an M1 processor. Of course, text-to-speech will still work on an Intel Mac, but forget about the new natural voice tone.
FaceTime portrait mode
Most popular video calling and videoconferencing applications allow you to blur the background during a video call. FaceTime in macOS Monterey is also expected to get this feature. It’s just that it will only be available for the Mac M1 computers. Got a Mac with an Intel processor? Want to blur the background during video calls? It’s easy! All you need to do is use your competitors’ messenger instead of FaceTime.
Interactive globe in Apple Maps
Apple Maps in macOS Monterey has some nice new features. One of them is a beautiful, new, interactive 3D globe that invites you to discover the beauty of our planet.
Apple says you’ll find vastly improved details for deserts, forests, mountain ranges, and oceans. Unfortunately, these virtual journeys are also limited to Macs with M1 processors.
A new city experience in Apple Maps
If you like exploring new places then Apple Maps in macOS Monterey has a new feature that shows quite solidly improved details about selected cities. In Apple Maps for macOS Monterey, geographic points such as buildings, hills, landmarks, roads, trees, and more have been significantly improved. This will appeal to anyone looking to explore some of the world’s greatest cities such as London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. As strange as it is, this feature won’t be available to those who have Intel-based Macs.
Why didn’t these features appear on Intel Macs?
Although, at first glance, such a reduction of the system on Macs with Intel processors may be angry, it has its quite logical justification. All of these features rely on a neural engine that is exclusive to the Apple Silicon M1 Mac. Older Macs with Intel processors don’t have this neural motor built into their chipset, so they won’t get these features.
While this explanation makes sense to some extent, it certainly won’t satisfy people who have recently spent a significant amount of money on Intel-based Macs. Machines like the 16-inch MacBook Pro, iMac Pro Mac Pro still haven’t been replaced by their Apple Silicon counterparts.
Is this a new reality for Intel-based Macs?
The above-mentioned functions, although they are very nice, are not necessary for most macOS users. It is a fact that such an operating system truncation will deny many users the urge to upgrade to Monterey immediately.
While Apple will continue to support Intel Macs for the foreseeable future, it is certainly to be expected that with the next versions of macOS there will be more features that omit “old” computers. Whether you like it or not, the M-series chips are the future of the Mac, and you need to seriously think about purchasing a new PC. However, the question remains whether it is worth rushing or it is better to wait for the next generation of Apple processors, with new amazing possibilities.