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These macOS Monterey features won’t work on Intel Macs


A page on Apple's website has revealed that several features of macOS Monterey, the new version of the software that runs on Macs, won't work on legacy Macs with Intel processors.

Rather, those features will require the Apple-designed M1 chip (or presumably its upcoming successors) found in new Macs the company has introduced since late last year.

That means that the following Macs in Apple's current lineup will be needed to use the features in question:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air
  • 24-inch iMac
  • Low-end configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • Low-end configurations of the Mac mini

The clarification appears in the fine print on Apple's "macOS Monterey Preview" page. Meanwhile, some listed features are associated with a footnote that reads "Available on Mac computers with the M1 chip."

These features include:

  • Live Text in photos, whereby users can interact with text within images as if they were any ...

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