What macOS Ventura features Intel Macs won’t get, and what’s coming later for Apple Silicon

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Apple’s macOS Ventura will launch in the fall of 2022, and owners of Intel Macs will not be able to use any features. Here’s what’s not coming to Intel Macs and what’s coming later to Apple Silicon.

The most important features that come to Mac computers are Stage Manager, Continuity Camera and Access Keys.

Stage Manager automatically organizes open apps and windows. Windows can be grouped together, making it easy to work on projects. It works with Mission Control and Spaces, other macOS windows features.

Continuity Camera enhances videography by allowing iPhones to be used as a webcam for Mac. It works seamlessly and wirelessly by using the Ultra Wide camera to enhance the video feed and display a person’s desktop if they choose.

Access keys are an important feature because they promise to change how people access their online accounts. It replaces passwords with biometric data using Touch ID and Face ID or QR codes on a non-Apple operating system.

These Mac models cannot upgrade to macOS Ventura:

  • 2013 Mac Pro
  • 2014 Mac mini
  • 2015-2017 MacBook Pro
  • 2015-2016 iMac
  • 2016 MacBook
2013 Mac Pro

2013 Mac Pro

In the meantime, the following Macs will be able to upgrade:

  • 2017 or later iMac
  • 2017 iMac Pro
  • 2017 or later MacBook
  • 2017 or later MacBook Pro
  • 2018 or later Mac mini
  • 2018 or later MacBook Air
  • 2019 or later Mac Pro
  • Mac Studio

The developer beta for macOS Ventura is available for installation now, and the public beta will be released sometime in July.

We have reviewed the beta here and have a generally positive view of the upcoming operating system.

But there are some concerns, especially how Intel Mac owners will be locked out of certain features. There are also a few features that are not included in macOS Ventura 13.0.

Features only for Apple Silicon

This year’s minimum device requirements have left more Macs in the dust than ever before as Apple strives to complete the transition to its chips.

When Apple’s first chip – the M1 – was announced, CEO Tim Cook said the plan was to have all Macs with Apple silicon by the end of 2022.

Intel chips have lived inside Mac computers since the 2005 transition from Apple’s chip architecture known as PowerPC.

But needs must when the devil runs, and with its own silicon, Apple has so far surpassed Intel in the consumer chip market.

More features in macOS Ventura are too powerful, according to Apple. These include Live Captions, Reference Mode and Emoji Dictation.

Live captions

Live Captions is a new accessibility tool for all audio content. This includes FaceTime, Write to Speak by Call, Text Check to support proofreading for VoiceOver users and more.

Apart from Apple silicon Macs, this feature will be available to users in Canada and the US running iPhone 11 and newer as well as iPad with A12 Bionic and newer.

The A12 Bionic iPad is the eight-generation model that Apple released in 2018.

Emoji dictation

This feature lets a person insert emojis into a conversation using dictation. During WWDC 2022, the Apple host gave an example of his iPhone, saying “mindblown emoji”, and it appeared in the text box.

Emojis on Mac

Emojis on Mac

It will require downloading voice models to the device, just as users can do with Siri.

Supported languages ​​include Cantonese, English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.

Reference mode with sidecar

Sidecar lets Mac owners integrate their iPad into the workflow. The iPad can act as a secondary monitor or digital input device for the Mac. We found the best Sidecar apps to use here.

Reference Mode allows you to use an iPad Pro as a secondary reference screen for an Apple silicon Mac.

It is aimed at photography and videography professionals who perform color classification and composition.

Macs that use reference mode in sidecar

Macs that use reference mode in sidecar

In the iPadOS 16 release, Apple specifically mentions the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR screen for reference mode. This model provides the best color accuracy.

Apple plans to complete the transition to its chips on all Macs by 2022. The last Mac to need Apple Silicon is the Mac Pro.

The new edition is expected to be smaller than the 2019 Mac Pro with chips with higher cores such as 20 to 40 cores.

A final Mac Pro with an Intel chip could also be released, and rumors predict a CPU from the Xeon W-3300 series.

Features that come to no one at the launch of macOS Ventura

Web Push, a feature that allows web apps to offer native-like push notifications, will be available in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. But it will not reach any of the three until sometime in 2023.

Apple's new Freeform app

Apple’s new Freeform app

Using APIs and other technology in the system, websites can deliver push notifications to people after they sign up at the click of a button. It is one step closer to bridging the gap between web apps and native apps that will benefit the software ecosystem.

Apple announced that they are working on a new app called Freeform. It’s the company’s bid for digital whiteboards, and it’s likely not to launch with the first macOS Ventura release. It’s currently in beta, and Apple says “later this year” to launch.

Freeform is a collaborative tool that enables teams of people to work together on a project. Brainstorming sessions, video storyboarding and developing a circular pizza box can all benefit from this app.

It will be an excellent tool for Apple Pencil owners with easy access to sketching and handwriting.

Despite delays and no-shows, macOS Ventura is geared to be a good release for most customers.

Apple's first custom chip, the M1

Apple’s first custom chip, the M1

Intel Macs are still suitable devices, although they do not receive certain features. Of those three, Live Captions and Reference Mode will have a greater impact on the Apple Silicon upgrade decision.

Getting a transcript of conversations and improving workflows for those who need an extra screen is important enough for some people. For others, it may not be necessary to upgrade to a newer Mac for these features.

Apple devices are famous for their longevity. On the iOS side, for example, the iPhone 6 received seven years of software updates after the first release, before Apple dropped the device to iOS 16. And a AppleInsider employee only recently took a 2010 Mac Pro out of service.


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