macOS Monterey: Here are the features exclusive to M1 Macs

By José Adorno

macOS Monterey was unveiled during the WWDC21 keynote with a redesigned Safari, Universal Control feature, and more. Although Apple didn’t highlight them, there are several new functions only available to the M1 Macs, which Intel users won’t be able to take advantage of. Read on as we round them up.

When Apple made the transition from PowerPC to Intel, the company was quick to drop support from older Macs. As Apple is in the middle of the transition from Intel to its own silicon, the company is still supporting many Intel Macs.

With the second major software update to take advantage of the Apple Silicon, here are the features Apple introduced that will be only available to its Macs with proprietary processors.

Portrait Mode on FaceTime: Only M1 Macs on macOS Monterey will be able to blur the background of a video call using FaceTime.

Live Text in Photos: Gives users the ability to interact with text in photos, such as copy and paste, lookup, and translate. Live Text will work in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari.

Maps: Interactive globe and detailed new city experience will only be available in the M1 Macs running macOS Monterey. With these two features, users will be able to interact with a 3D globe and explore cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London with detail for elevation, roads, trees, buildings, landmarks, and more.

Object Capture: With macOS Monterey, users will be able to turn a series of 2D images into a photo-realistic 3D object that’s optimized for AR in just minutes using the power of Mac.

Siri: Neural text-to-speech voice in more languages is only available to the M1 Macs. With macOS Monterey, this feature will be available in more languages: Swedish (Sweden), Danish (Denmark), Norwegian (Norway), and Finnish (Finland).

On-device dictation: Keyboard dictation helps protect the user’s privacy by performing all processing completely offline. With macOS Monterey, users can dictate texts of any length without a timeout.

As we are still on beta 1 of macOS 12 Monterey, Apple could change the availability of the features and with what Macs they will work.

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