Apple drops MacOS Monterey features from Intel-based Macs

When Apple introduced plans to transition from Intel processors to its personal customized silicon final 12 months, the corporate said it could “launch new variations of macOS for Intel-based Macs for years to come back.”

It seems this promise comes with a caveat: Intel-based Macs will miss out on new software program features beginning this fall. As spotted by MacRumors, Apple’s feature page for macOS Monterey lists a number of features that may solely work with Apple silicon.

These embrace FaceTime’s “Portrait Mode” for background blur, offline speech-to-text dictation, the power to dictate greater than 60 seconds of textual content at a time, further metropolis particulars in Apple Maps, an interactive Earth globe in Apple Maps, and text-to-speech for sure languages equivalent to Swedish and Norwegian.

According to Rene Ritchie, these features depend on Apple’s Neural Engine, a machine studying system that isn’t out there on Macs with Intel processors. However that’s of little comfort to Mac customers who consider not less than a few of the new features must be out there on Intel processors. MacRumors’s forum thread on the information contains greater than 700 feedback, lots of them annoyed. One instance: “That is an outrage. No technical purpose this may’t be on Intel. Compelled depreciation in motion.”

Apple didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Apple debuted its M1 processor within the 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Professional, and Mac Mini final fall, and it added the chip to its 21-inch iMac in Could. Nonetheless, the corporate continues to promote a number of Mac fashions that solely include Intel processors, together with the 16-inch MacBook Professional, the 27-inch iMac, and the Mac Professional desktop. The corporate mentioned in June of final 12 months that it plans to complete migrating to its personal chips “in about two years.”

Within the meantime, Apple hasn’t dedicated to a particular timeframe for supporting Intel-based Macs with software program updates. Now that it’s withholding new features from these machines, shopping for one appears riskier than ever.