Technology is always advancing, and sometimes some devices are left out to move on to the next great thing. In Apple’s case, some of the new features revealed for macOS 13 Ventura and iPadOS 16 won’t be available on older Macs and iPads because those features require the technology used in Apple’s M1 and M2 chips. If you have an Intel Mac or an A-series iPad, you won’t be able to use these features in the fall:
macOS Ventura M1/M2 Features
The following features do not work on Intel-based Macs and require a Mac with an M1 or M2 SoC:
Live Captions, announced in May, relies on the Neural Engine in Apple’s M-series chips to create real-time captions during phone calls, FaceTime calls and video conferences.
Dictation Emoji Support
While dictating in Ventura, you can insert emojis, but only if you’re using a Mac with an M1 or M2 processor. It also requires downloading speech models and it works with Cantonese, English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Reference mode with sidecar
If you have a 12.9-inch iPad with Liquid Retina display, you can connect it to your M Series Mac and use it as a reference display, meaning the iPad can use color palettes for specific purposes, such as video production, printing, and web design.
iPadOS 16 M1/M2 Features
These features only work on iPads with an M-series chip (11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and iPad Air)
According to Digital Trends, Stage Manager’s new Multitasking feature relies on the M1’s fast memory switching. Stage Manager is so dependent on this that it can’t run on the A-series chips in other iPads.
The new support for external displays in iPadOS 16 not only mirrors the iPad, but also expands the workspace. But if you have an M1 iPad, you can connect a display and use resolutions up to 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 set to display different colors in reference mode for use in video production, web and print design, and more. As mentioned above, this iPad is also the only one that can be used as a reference mode display with an M-series Mac.
Other iPadOS 16 Features Exclusive
iPadOS 16 has a few other features that won’t work on every iPad. Here’s the low point.
Magnifying Glass App: Announced in May, the iPadOS 16 Magnifier app supports Door Detection, People Detection, and Image Descriptions. It will be available on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation or later) and the 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation or later).
Switch virtual memory: If you’re using an iPad app that needs more memory than what’s available in RAM, Virtual Memory Swap will kick in and temporarily use the iPad’s built-in storage (up to 16GB) as RAM. This works on the 12.8-inch iPad Pro (5th generation or later), the 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation or later), and the iPad Air (5th generation) with 256 GB of storage.