Apple introduced a number of main updates throughout its WWDC 2021 keynote tackle, starting from iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to MacOS Monterey. The latter is especially noteworthy because it represents the primary main MacOS replace since Apple adopted Arm-based silicon.
Now, it seems that a number of vital MacOS Monterey options aren’t accessible on Intel-based Macs. MacRumors seen fine-print on Apple’s website, clarifying that simply over half a dozen new options have been unique to M1 Macs. Take a look at the checklist of Apple Silicon-exclusive options beneath.
- Portrait mode in Facetime
- Stay textual content to repeat/paste/translate textual content in photos
- 3D landmarks in Maps
- An interactive globe in Maps
- Textual content-to-speech in additional languages (together with Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish)
- On-device dictation (i.e. with out an web connection)
- Steady dictation quite than dictation as much as 60 seconds lengthy
It’s a fairly sizeable variety of options that aren’t accessible to Intel-based Macs, which Apple continues to be promoting proper now. However, there are suggestions that these omissions are as a result of Apple leveraging machine studying silicon throughout the M1 processor (Intel’s processors don’t have devoted ML silicon) quite than harnessing the cloud.
This appears like a believable clarification for a few of these omissions, as options like stay textual content and on-device dictation specifically depend on highly effective native machine studying capabilities when you aren’t going to make use of cloud processing. Now we have seen Google provide options like dictation and the power to repeat/paste/translate textual content from photos earlier than, however this certainly requires an web connection.
Different options like 3D landmarks and an interactive globe appear to be extremely arbitrary omissions for Intel-based Macs although. Even Facetime’s portrait mode is a wierd function to exclude from Intel Macs after we’ve seen a number of high-profile video calling companies provide related performance. It definitely appears like Apple desires to push folks to undertake Arm-powered Macs by hobbling the Intel variants.
However, we hope to see Microsoft harness the machine studying silicon inside Snapdragon pc chips to carry nifty on-device options to Home windows on Arm. Simply so long as the corporate doesn’t make arbitrary options unique to Arm-powered laptops.