While there are many great new features in macOS Monterey, not all of them are available on Intel-based Macs, according to Apple.
On the macOS Monterey features page, the fine print states that the following features require a Mac with an M1 chip, including MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac models released November 2020:
- Portrait mode blurs the background in FaceTime videos.
- Live Text to copy and paste, search or translate text within images.
- Interactive 3D globe of the world in Maps in app.
- More detailed maps of 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.
- The keyboard dictation on all devices is completely offline.
- Unlimited keyboard dictation (Previously limited to 60 seconds per instance)
Apple doesn’t explain why these features aren’t available on Intel-based Macs. For what it’s worth, Google Earth has been delivering interactive 3D worlds of the Earth on Intel-based Macs for a long time both on the web and on the web. app
Apple is currently in the process of transitioning from Intel processors to custom Apple silicon chips in Macs for two years. With the changes to be completed by WWDC 2022, the M1 chip-based Mac has proven to be much faster than its Intel equivalent. Even the entry-level MacBook Air with the M1 chip outperformed the Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro in benchmarks.
It is widely rumored that Apple is planning to redesign the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models powered by the faster iterative M1 chip later this year.
macOS Monterey continues to work with a wide range of Intel-based Macs and is now available as a developer beta. The software update is likely to be released to the public to all users between September and November.