Some of macOS Monterey’s Best Features Are Not Coming to Intel Macs


Apple’s next big macOS update, macOS Monterey, adds some nice 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 (through MacRumors).

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

  • FaceTime’s portrait mode, which blurs the background behind you while on a video call
  • Live Text, which allows you to use text in photos and graphics (such as copying and pasting an address onto a sign)
  • New Globe View from Apple Maps
  • More detailed maps from Apple Maps in cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London
  • Neural text-to-speech voices in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish
  • Dictate offline on the device
  • Dictation on the device with no time limit (previously dictation was limited to 60 seconds)

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

Last June, when Apple first announced the transition to its custom-designed processors, the company promised 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 some new features won’t come to Intel-based Macs.