Fourth macOS Monterey beta brings Live Text to Intel-based Macs

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The fourth beta version of macOS Montere brings the new Live Text feature to Intel-based Macs, suggesting that the previous M1 requirement will no longer apply.

The Live Text feature on macOS. Credit: Apple
The Live Text feature on macOS. Credit: Apple

Apple's Live Text feature allows Mac, iPhone, or iPad users to select text within photos and images. However, on macOS, Apple previously stated that the feature would require an M1 chip.

That no longer appears to be the case in macOS Monterey beta 4. Live Text now works on Intel Macs in the latest beta, as first spotted by Rene Ritchie.

macOS Monterey Beta 4 includes Live Text for Intel Macs

Sounds like Apple prioritized it based on demand, but it was made much easier by the lack of real-time requirements for a camera system

(So instead of kicking it to the ANE, it'll just process opportunistically)

-- Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie)

Ritchie says that the feature was likely included for Intel Macs because of demand. Although system limitations might have prevented it on an Intel Mac, its inclusion was made easier by the fact that it didn't need to be present in a live camera view like on an iPhone or iPad.

Using Live Text, Mac users will be able to select text within images. That could allow them to easily search for an address or call a phone number, or copy and paste the text into a document or browser.

Of course, there's always the possibility that Live Text could be removed before the public release of macOS Monterey. As of writing, Apple's website still says that the feature requires a Mac with an M1 chip.

Apple's new macOS Monterey update will arrive alongside iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8 sometime in the fall.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    fishbertfishbert Posts: 35member
    Good! ... Now they should do the same for the new M1-only Maps features and those fancy Touch ID keyboards (if Intel laptops can have Touch ID, so can Intel iMacs).
  • Reply 2 of 3
    Never quite understood the rationale for excluding the live text feature as well as the Apple Maps feature on intel macs. 
  • Reply 3 of 3
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,216member
    I've been using Monterey for about a month. Most of its new features I don't notice or use, but Live Text is one that I've both noticed and used. It's a winner. Although I can't seem to get it to work correctly in paused videos.
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