macOS virtual background minimum requirements

Hi, I have a MacBook 12 with a 7th generation Dual Core i5 1.3GHz processor running macOS 10.15 (Catalina) and Zoom 5.0.1

According to this should be supported


  • Image only without a physical green screen
    • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, 4.6.0 (13614.1202) or higher
    • 4th generation i7 quad-core or higher processor
    • 6th generation i5 dual-core or higher processor
      Note : 6th generation i5 dual-core processor, requires MacOS 10.14 or higher

When going to the Virtual Background section in settings, I get an error

Your processor (Intel® Core™ i5-7Y54 CPU @1.20GHz) does not meet our recommended specification for virtual background

Note, the processor is actually 1.30GHz so I suspect an error in the detection logic.

Enabling this feature anyway then gives an error "To use virtual background without a green screen, your Mac OS version needs to be 10.13 or higher end, your processor must be an Intel Core i5 with quad-core or better.

This is in conflict with the above webpage which states dual-core is ok. I tested on another machine with a Dual-Core i7 processor and it works ok.

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