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Some of macOS Monterey’s best features aren’t coming to Intel Macs

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Like Apple’s Live Text, which lets you interact with text in photos

You won’t be able to see Apple Maps’ new globe view on an Intel-based Mac.
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Apple’s next big macOS update, macOS Monterey, adds a bunch of good-looking new features, but some of the more interesting ones won’t be coming to Intel-based Macs, according to the fine print on Apple’s macOS Monterey website (via MacRumors).

If you don’t have an M1-based Mac — and many people probably don’t, given that the first Macs with M1 chips were just released in November — here are the new features that you won’t be able to use in macOS Monterey:

  • FaceTime’s Portrait mode, which blurs the background behind you while you’re on a video call
  • Live Text, which lets you interact with text in photos and images (such as being able to copy and paste an address on a sign)
  • Apple Maps’ new globe view
  • Apple Maps’ more detailed maps in cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London
  • Neural text-to-speech voices in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish
  • Offline, on-device dictation
  • On-device dictation without a time limit (previously, dictation was limited to 60 seconds)

If you’re still using an Intel-based Mac that you’re happy with and aren’t planning to upgrade anytime soon, it might be disappointing to hear that you won’t be able to use some of the new features in macOS Monterey. These M1-exclusive updates in Monterey also suggest that Apple could make features on future macOS releases only work on computers with its own chips.

Last June, when Apple first announced the transition to its custom-designed processors, the company did promise that it would “continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come.” But apparently, that support also means that some new features won’t be coming to Intel-based Macs.