The official release of macOS 12 alias Monterey is imminent: The new Mac operating system should be available for download on October 25th, we suspect towards evening. If you are interested in a quick update due to the new functions, you should first find out whether these are available for your own computer at all. Because: Apple has decided this time to make differences between Macs that run with Intel or their own M1 chip based on ARM. Apple Silicon now gets preferential treatment.
Corresponding indications, including back and forth, already existed during the beta phase, now the specifications are official. Unfortunately, Intel users have to forego some practical functions in macOS 12. This includes in particular features from the field of artificial intelligence (AI), which Apple carries out on the devices (“on device”) – the company is increasingly relying on the AI hardware in Apple silicon chips and apparently did not want the features for Recreate legacy x86 systems. In some cases, however, the omissions also seem completely random and hardly justifiable.
Not nice cards
This includes the fact that the new version of Apple Maps in Monterey comes on Intel Macs without a new interactive globe view. This pretty planet is reminiscent of Google Earth representations and allows a “flight” to certain places from space. Apple has also removed the new, more detailed city maps on Intel Macs, including London, LA, New York and San Francisco. This leads to more boring and cluttered graphics.
Across the AI vegetable garden
In the area of AI features, the portrait mode in FaceTime, which Apple has built in for Apple Silicon in Monterey, is not available. This allows the background to be blurred without it being completely faded out. Zoom or Teams of course continue to offer something similar on Intel Macs. The new Siri text-to-speech function, with which texts can be read out quickly, is available in fewer languages on Intel Macs than on Apple Silicon – why remains unclear. Finally, there is still no limitless speech recognition on the device for typing texts. On Intel Macs, the acquisition can be one minute long, there is no limit on Apple Silicon.