Recently, Apple released macOS 12 Monterey Developer Preview Beta , which is the latest version of macOS, an advanced desktop operating system. macOS Monterey brings a variety of new ways to help users communicate on Apple devices, improve efficiency and fluency. SharePlay is a new feature of FaceTime video calls that allows users to share experiences; the Share with You feature allows users to more easily explore and enjoy content shared through information apps, including photo apps, Safari browsers, and podcast apps. Major updates to the Safari browser include the use of the tab group function to achieve a beautiful streamlined tab bar and powerful tab management; Mac supports shortcut instructions for the first time to perform daily tasks; focus mode helps users concentrate on completing tasks and reduce interference. In addition, macOS Monterey has added two new continuous interoperability functions: universal control and airplay to Mac, helping users to easily use multiple Apple devices to work in a new way.
Apple said that macOS Monterey will support the widest range of Mac products ever, including the latest iMac, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac series products equipped with Intel chips.
According to Apple, although macOS Monterey has many great new features, several of them are not available on Intel-based Macs.
Naijatechnews is informed that on the macOS Monterey function page, small fonts show that the following functions require a Mac equipped with an M1 chip, including any MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iMac models released since November 2020.
Portrait mode in FaceTime video blurs the background
Live text, used to copy and paste, query or translate text in photos
Interactive 3D globe in the Apple Maps app
In the Apple Maps application, the maps of cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and London are more detailed
Text-to-speech in more languages, including Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish
Keyboard dictation on the device, all processing is performed completely offline
Unlimited keyboard dictation (previously each instance was limited to 60 seconds)
Apple did not explain why these features are not available on Intel-based Macs. It is worth mentioning that Google Earth has long provided interactive 3D Earth on Intel-based Mac computers, including on web pages and applications.
According to Rene Ritchie, Intel-based Mac computers lack a neural engine, and many (but not all) of these functions require a neural engine for technical support.
Apple is currently in the two-year transition period from Intel processors to its custom Apple Silicon chips, and this transition is expected to be completed in 2022 WWDC. Facts have proved that Macs with M1 chips are much faster than equivalent Intel-based products, and even the basic model MacBook Air with M1 chips surpassed Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro high-end models in benchmark tests.
It is widely rumored that Apple plans to launch redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models later this year, and use faster M1X chips .
macOS Monterey is still compatible with various Intel-based Mac devices, and is now available for developers to provide beta versions.