Apple recently released the fourth beta of macOS Monterey to developers. The beta contains new features announced during WWDC 2021, including new redesigned Safari, Live Text, Focus, FaceTime improvements, and more.
Apple’s latest software updates macOS Monterey, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 come with a feature called Live Text which allows users to pull text straight from images. At the time of its announcement, many thought Live Text would be limited to Apple’s M1 Macs but that is not the case. With the latest beta of macOS Monterey, the tech giant has brought Live Text to Intel-based Macs.
macOS Monterey beta 4 brings Live Text feature to Intel Macs
As explained by Apple, Live Text digitizes the text found in photos and lets users interact with it. Users can quickly learn more about landmarks, artwork, animal breeds, and more with only an image they see online.
Your Mac now lets you interact with text in any image. Click an address and it opens in Maps. Call, message, or save any phone number you see. You can copy and paste just as you would with any other text. And personal details and information from images never leave your device.
Support for all Macs that can run macOS Monterey includes Intel-based machines from as far back as 2013. Here is a list of all Macs that are compatible with the new macOS update:
- MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook (early 2016 and later)
- iMac (later 2015 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
- Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
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- macOS Monterey offers ‘erase all contents and settings’ option to wipe a Mac without having to reinstall its operating system
- iOS 15 and macOS Monterey to simulate Spatial Audio for non-Dolby content with new option called ‘Spatialize Stereo’
- macOS Monterey improves experience of iOS apps on M1 Macs with full-screen support, Apple Pay and more