Apple Silicon processors, like the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max, empower a ton of new capabilities and new features that simply were not possible or just plain too difficult with conventional silicon like Intel, QualComm, AMD, Nvidia. And Apple has been building towards this goal since at least 2008. I’ve written about this a lot, including most recently in Apple History Repeating – Underestimating the M1 Pro & M1 Max Chips. Here’s great article from MacRumors on all the M1 features in macOS Monterey that you can’t get on an Intel Mac.
Apple’s Been Working Towards This Since At Least 2008
In 2008, Jobs started Apple’s work in designing their own silicon because he was not satisfied with the chip in the iPhone. Apple has said many times and shown in their actions since shipping their first Apple designed chip with the A4 in 2010, that what they wanted to build could not be done unless they not just built their own software, but also their own silicon.
I’ve written about this a lot, including most recently in Apple History Repeating – Underestimating the M1 Pro & M1 Max Chips.
We started to see some of that with the M1 and macOS Big Sur last Nov. And more new Apple Silicon empowered features in macOS Monterey. Following that same model of designing both the OS and the silicon to create the User eXperiences (UX) that they imagined, since that Apple designed A4, iOS 4 and the iPhone 4, that they started way back in 2010.
M1 features in macOS Monterey
MacRumors has a get article on macOS Monterey: Here Are All the Features Your Intel Mac Won’t Support. Features like these:
- Portrait Mode in FaceTime
- Maps Interactive Globe
- More Detailed Cities in Maps (which is not just very cool, but also super useful)
- Object Capture
- Siri Text-to-Speech
- On-Device Keyboard Dictation