Apple will apparently offer fewer functions in macOS 12 alias Monterey only for Apple silicon machines. One of the highlight features of the new operating system, the so-called live text function, is now also made available on Intel Macs, which the group continues to sell. This is what beta testers of macOS 12 discovered.
Recognize and copy
Live Text enables textual content to be automatically recognized throughout the operating system in order to then process it further – for example, to copy it and use it in other apps. The function is also part of iOS 15. The company originally stated in the fine print for mac OS 12 that Live Text requires an Apple Silicon Mac – probably also because its M1 SoC contains its own Neural Engine AI processor unit , which speeds up text recognition (OCR). As it now turns out, the function can also be implemented on Intel Macs without any problems.
the fourth beta from Monterey just activated Live Text. The function “on demand” seems to work on Intel Macs, believes Apple author Rene Ritchie. “Instead of giving them to the Apple Neural Engine, we will [die Inhalte] processed opportunistically. “This is easier because the Mac lacks the live view that Apple has integrated into the iPhone. Here,” Live Text “is really” live “and available in real time.
Speech recognition and a 3D globe
Other functions that Apple has previously only reserved for ARM Macs are the new interactive 3D globe of the earth in Apple Maps, as well as the more detailed maps that will initially be available for London, New York, LA and San Francisco . The extended text-to-speech function in more languages, including Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish, should also be ARM-only.
Another Monterey highlight, the dictation function, which can be used completely offline in the future, currently only works on ARM Macs – as does the ability to dictate for more than 60 seconds at a time. Furthermore, Apple wants to remove the portrait mode for FaceTime on Intel machines, with which the background in videos can be blurred. All of these functions sound as if they can also be implemented on Intel Macs without any problems. Apple tends to reserve new functions only for newer devices for marketing reasons.