These macOS Monterey features are exclusive to Macs with M1

If macOS Big Sur was the first step in the transition to Apple Silicon on Mac, macOS Monterey has stepped up the ante. The new version of the operating system was announced as part of WWDC 2021, and it brings important news. Including the protagonist of which many consider the best demo of the conference, Universal Control, which allows you to control multiple Macs or even iPads without ties.

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However, the fact that Apple has devoted a little more to taking advantage of its processors also has its drawbacks. At least for Intel users. The new macOS Monterey will not only be on computers with Apple Silicon, but will also be on Mac with Intel chip. And the differences between chips have left some functions behind.

As indicated in the dedicated page upon the introduction of macOS Monterey, certain functions will be limited to Mac with Apple Silicon. Specifically, they will be the following functions:

  • Live text for photos, which allows you to copy text directly from images.
  • Portrait mode for FaceTime calls
  • The new interactive 3D map of Apple Maps, as well as updates to increase the detail in some cities
  • Text-to-speech capabilities in new languages
  • Dictation with audio processing on the device
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The new macOS Monterey

The reasons why these will not reach Monterey-compatible Intel-chip Macs are unknown. In some cases, for example for functions like “live text” or speech processing on the device they seem related to the M1 Neural Engine. However, others like the new Apple Maps seem hardly justifiable.

For now, only a beta version has been released for developers. Thus, they remain still several months for the official launch for macOS Monterey. This means that there is still enough time to see changes in the system. However, it is difficult for this to vary after being officially shared by Apple.

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