A Apple announced, last Monday (7), at the conference for developers WWDC21, the next big update for your computers' operating system, macOS Monterey. But, to the dissatisfaction of some consumers, some of the most interesting features will not reach models based on Intel processors.

The information was in small print on the company's website. At the very bottom of the page, you can read that some of the features of the work arriving later this year will be “available on Mac computers with the M1 chip”. In addition, another new feature, space audio, will only be for Macs released from 2018 onwards.

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Remember that Apple computers with the M1 processor they didn't go on sale until November 2020. It's a System-on-Chip, combining a custom Apple-developed ARM processor with a GPU (graphics processor), memory, and other components, which helps drastically reduce the size of the motherboard.

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Apple launched its own processor in November 2020. Image: Shutterstock

Check out the macOS Monterey features that won't make it to Intel devices:

  • portrait mode of FaceTime: the feature allows you to blur the background while the user is in video call
  • Live Text: the new feature allows you to extract text from photos and images, also allowing you to copy and paste the words
  • New globe view in Apple Maps app and detailed maps of cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London
  • Text to speech conversion using voice generated by neural networks in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish languages
  • Offline dictation and unlimited dictation (in previous versions, dictation is limited to 60 seconds)

According to the site The Verge, these macOS Monterey exclusives for computers with an M1 chip suggest that Apple may, in the future, implement even more features just for devices with its own chips.

In June 2020, when it announced the transition to its proprietary processor, the company promised to "continue to support and release new versions of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come."

While technically it has so far lived up to its promise, it appears that users of Intel systems will have to get used to being treated as “second class” citizens.

Street: The Verge

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