As someone like professional Apple contextualizer René Ritchie
will tell you, there are legitimate technical reasons why it doesn’t support these things—basically, Apple is dipping into all those neural engine things to add new features to its devices, which obviously an Intel processor isn’t going to support because Apple built those from its own silicon.
So yes, Apple is in the strange position of selling $10,000 desktop computers
that don’t support the latest technologies in its current desktop operating system.
But the decision to drop support for some features in iOS is more interesting—as I think that, once the Intel transition is done for, that’s Apple’s true goal.
I guess I kind of look at it this way: In a world where Apple has become famous for murdering devices through planned obsolescence, it’s probably better for Apple to invest the money and time into building a baseline level that it can broadly support across operating systems. Now that the iPhone is fully 64-bit and has been since 2013, there is a fairly deep baseline for the company to pull from that goes across multiple generations.