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macOS Monterey brings another sign of impending Mac fragmentation

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On Monday, June 7, Apple kicked off this year’s WWDC event on a key note. We saw iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey. That’s a lot to take in, but the last one on that list is causing me a bit of discomfort. No gallstone discomfort levels. It is not pain, as such. But more the unpleasant feeling you have when the sounds your stomach makes are cause for concern.

It will probably be fine. But it could go terribly wrong at any moment.

The reason? macOS Monterey and its list of features that won’t work on Mac Intel. We know that the transition to Apple’s silicon would be littered with API bodies, frameworks and applications and maybe even users, metaphorically of course. But are full features missing? At a point where the percentage of people running Intel Macs must still be huge compared to those with the shiny new M1 machines?

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People with Intel machines already have to deal with not being able to run the iPhone applications that M1 people already enjoy. Now macOS doesn’t do everything it should either.

It just seems a bit worrisome.

Fragmentation is a word that gets used a lot, often when iPhone folks are looking over the fence at what Android folks are up to. It’s not usually something we deal with on this side, where the grass is always green. Sure, developers have to say goodbye to APIs and all from time to time, but end users like us usually don’t feel it.

Now, however, you could walk into an Apple Store and find yourself in a bind. After all, Apple still sells Intel machines, not just the i5 Mac mini. Or the 27-inch iMac. Apple still sells the Mac Pro with a starting price of $ 5,999. And your next big software update will leave you without the software features that a $ 699 Mac mini has. That seems … suboptimal, somehow.

Now, I am sure there are reasons. Apple always has its reasons and they are probably very good and have something to do with the neural engine inside the M1 chip. But shut up. Was there no way? Anyway? Even if that meant keeping the duties a year or two?

I suppose not.

Anyway, anyone who does it If you want one of those Mac minis, you can probably save a few bucks of money by browsing our collection of the best Mac mini deals we could find.

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