Some of macOS Monterey’s best features aren’t coming to Intel Macs

Some of macOS Monterey’s best features aren’t coming to Intel Macs


You won’t be able to see Apple Maps’ new globe view on an Intel-based Mac. | Image: Apple

Apple’s next big macOS update, macOS Monterey, adds a bunch of good-looking 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 (via MacRumors).

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

  • FaceTime’s Portrait mode, which blurs the background behind you while you’re on a video call
  • Live Text, which lets you interact with text in photos and images (such as being able to copy and paste an address on a sign)
  • Apple Maps’ new globe view
  • Apple Maps’ more detailed maps in…

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