Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Intel-Powered Macs Reportedly Will Not Be Getting Live Text And Other Monterey Features

If you watched Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote, you’ll know that the fruit company’s newly announced macOS Monterey comes with a ton of new and exciting features. Sadly, it seems that not all of the OS’ new features will be available for its Intel-based Mac machines, as some features will be exclusive to Macs running on the new M1 Apple Silicon chip.

If you’re running an Intel-powered Mac and don’t plan on upgrading anytime soon, here are some of the features that you’ll be missing out on:

  • FaceTime Portrait Mode
  • Live Text, which lets you interact with text in photos (e.g. being able to copy and paste an address on a sign)
  • Interactive globe in Maps
  • Detailed new city experience in Maps
  • Neural text-to-speech voice in more languages for Siri, including in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish
  • On-device keyboard dictation without a time limit (dictation was previously limited to 60 seconds)

As a quick recap, M1-powered Macs officially hit the market back in November last year. However, when the company from Cupertino announced its transition to its own silicon chips last June, they said that it would “continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come.”

Obviously, this bit of news runs contrary to the company’s initial promise, so little wonder that some Mac users have taken to social media, accusing Apple of planned obsolescence.

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