Some features in macOS Ventura require the M1.
Technology is always evolving, and some devices will be phased out to make room for the next big thing. In Apple’s case, some new features revealed for macOS 13 Ventura will not be available on older Macs because the technology used in Apple’s M1 and M2 chips is required. So, if you own an Intel Mac, you won’t be able to use the following features in the fall:
The same is true if you do not own an M1 or M2 iPad – read on to find out what features iPads with A-chips lack: To get every feature in iPadOS 16, you’ll need a brand-new iPad.
Features of macOS Ventura M1/M2
The following features are not available on Intel-based Macs and require a Mac with an M1 or M2 SoC:
Captions in Real Time
Live Captions, which were announced in May, use the Neural Engine in Apple’s M-series chips to create real-time captions during phone calls, FaceTime conversations, and video conferences.
Support for dictation emoji
You’ll be able to insert emojis while dictating in Ventura if you’re using a Mac with an M1 or M2 processor. This also necessitates the download of speech models, and it supports Cantonese, English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
Sidecar Reference Mode
You can connect a 12.9-inch iPad with a Liquid Retina display to your M-series Mac and use it as a reference display, which means the iPad can use color palettes for specific purposes like video production, print, and web design.
iPadOS 16 features exclusive to M1/M2 iPads
These features are only available on iPads equipped with an M-series chip (11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and iPad Air)
The most anticipated new feature coming this fall is Stage Manager, but only a few devices will be able to use it. According to Apple, here’s why: “Stage Manager is a fully integrated experience that provides an all-new windowing experience that is incredibly fast and responsive, allowing users to run up to eight apps at the same time across iPad and an external display with up to 6K resolution.” To deliver this experience with the immediacy that users expect from the iPad’s touch-first experience, large internal memory, incredibly fast storage, and flexible external display I/O are required, all of which iPads with the M1 chip provide.”
The new iPadOS 16 external display support does more than just mirror the iPad; it also expands the workspace. However, if you own an M1 iPad, you can connect a display and use resolutions as high as 6K, as well as drag and drop between the iPad and the apps running on the external display.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina display can be configured to display different reference mode colors for video production, web and print design, and other applications. As previously stated, this iPad is the only one that can be used as a reference mode display with a Mac M-series.
Other exclusive iPadOS 16 features
Other features of iPadOS 16 will not be available on all iPads. Here’s the skinny.
- Magnifier app: The iPadOS 16 Magnifier app, which was announced in May, will support Door Detection, People Detection, and Image Descriptions. This will be available for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation or later) as well as the 11-inch iPad Pro.
- Virtual Memory Swap: If you’re using an iPad app that requires more memory than what’s available in RAM, Virtual Memory Swap will kick in and use the iPad’s built-in storage (up to 16GB) as RAM for a short period. This is compatible with the 12.8-inch iPad Pro (5th generation or later), the 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation or later), and the 256GB iPad Air (5th generation).