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Few macOS Monterey features will not come to Intel Macs

Macs lack the neural engine so the features are not supported.

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macOS Monterey running FaceTime, Messages, and Safari

With the release of macOS Monterey, users will get some engaging features that are not available on Intel-based Macs.

On the macOS feature page, Apple has some “fine print” indicating the features to be available only for users with Mac with the M1 chip, as reported by MacRumors.

  • Portrait Mode blurred backgrounds in FaceTime videos
  • Live Text for copying and pasting, looking up, or translating text within photos
  • An interactive 3D globe of Earth in the Maps app
  • More detailed maps in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London in the Maps app
  • Text-to-speech in more languages, including Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish
  • On-device keyboard dictation that performs all processing completely offline
  • Unlimited keyboard dictation (previously limited to 60 seconds per instance)

According to Rene Ritchie, a former Editorial Director of Mobile Nations noted that Intel-based Macs lack the neural engine so these features are not supported as they require the engine.

There is no news from Apple on why these features are not available on Intel-based Macs. But of what we know M1 chips are much faster than Intel-based chips. There are also rumors on Apple planning to redesign 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by the M1 chip later this year.

Apple previewed macOS Monterey at WWDC 2021. The update brings features like FaceTime’s spatial audio and SharePlay, Quick Note, and more.

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