Apple expands the list of devices that can access one of its M1-chip-exclusive features in the fourth macOS Monterey alpha. Live Text, the company’s new image scanning and text identifying feature, now runs on “all Mac computers that support macOS Monterey,” according to new documentation Apple released. As tech video creator Rene Ritchie notesThat should be Intel-based Macs. One user claims to have gotten it to workMac Pros starting in 2008
Live Text digitizes text found in photos. This allows for smart features like making information such as phone numbers and addresses searchable in Apple Photos or the Camera app. The new feature was one of several macOS Monterey highlights that Apple limited to its newer MacBook Airs, Pros, and iMacs, marking the company’s first real break in functionality between Macs running its custom-designed chips and those with Intel processors. This might not be true anymore.
Support for all devices that officially run Monterey should include Macs from as far back 2013, based off Apple’s preview page. It might have been easier to bring Live Text support to Intel because the Mac and iPhone use it in different ways. Ritchie points out that the iPhone can process text in-camera. This is a more difficult task than just analysing a still image. Since Macs don’t have an elaborate camera array to scan photos on the fly, they theoretically have a simpler time.
MacOS Monterey will be released this fall, but if you’re interested in trying out Apple’s beta software (ideally not on your main device), you can follow our guide.