At WWDC 2021, Apple unveiled macOS Monterey alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Universal Control, AirPlay, and other new features are included in the new Mac operating system. Some of the new macOS features might be incompatible with previous MacBook models. Some macOS features, according to Apple, require an M1 chip, which is only present in a few laptops and desktops released in late 2021. The M1 MacBook Pro, M1 MacBook Air, iMac 24-inch, and M1 Mac mini are among them. What are the things that other Mac users will be missing out on, and why? Here’s what we know so far.
If you own an M1 Mac, you won’t be able to explore these macOS Monterey features
Some of the new macOS Monterey features will not be available on specific Mac models, according to Apple. The Mac models are largely those with an Intel processor. Some of the features included in the new macOS version will work on a Mac with an M1 chip, according to Apple. Only four Mac models are currently available with the latest Apple silicon. The M1 MacBook Pro, M1 MacBook Air, iMac 24-inch, and M1 Mac mini are the models in question. According to MacRumors, other Mac devices with Intel-based CPUs will not gain the following features.
- 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)
The company did not provide an explanation for why Intel-based Macs will not have these features. Rene Ritchie, a YouTuber, explains in a tweet that Intel Macs lack the Neural Engine, which is required for many of the features.