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Apple confirms M1 Macs can run Windows apps natively, but only if Microsoft allows it

By on November 23, 2020 0

During this year’s WWDC, Apple announced that it would be ditching Intel chips in favor of its own ARM-based Apple Silicon. The company unveiled a new line of Macs using its M1 chip at its recent “One More Thing” event. The three new Macs are the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, and Mac Mini.

First impressions of Apple’s M1 chip have been largely positive based on reports from The Verge, TechCrunch and Tom’s Hardware. That being said, Windows support is something that many Mac users would love to see, but there is currently no way for Mac M1 users to run applications from within the operating system. Microsoft. However, the future is uncertain as Apple’s Boot Camp, a tool for users to run Windows applications on Mac computers, is currently not supported on the latest M1 computers.

Apple’s Federighi shared in an interview with Ars Technica that the M1 Macs are capable of running Windows natively, although the decision to allow that is up to Microsoft. Federighi said in the interview:

As for Windows running natively on the machine, “it really depends on Microsoft,” he said. “We have the core technologies for them to do that, to run their ARM version of Windows, which in turn supports x86 user mode applications. But it’s a decision Microsoft has to make, to license this technology so that people can run it on these Macs. But Macs are certainly very capable of it.

Currently, Microsoft’s licensing does not allow Apple to use the ARM version of Windows 10. This is because Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEM PC manufacturers for preinstallation on new hardware. The company does not make copies of the operating system available to anyone for license or free installation.

So what does Microsoft have to say about this? When asked by Verge if Microsoft would allow Boot Camp to run on ARM Macs, the Redmond-based company said it had no news to share.

While it may be disappointing for some users, the good news is that Boot Camp isn’t the only way to run Windows on a new M1 powered Mac. One example is CrossOver, a platform based on the open source Wine project that can run the Windows environment on macOS and Linux. In fact, it even allows users to install and run Windows software on other operating systems without even installing a full version of Windows like you do in a virtual machine.

If you’re curious to see how CrossOver works on a MacBook Air running on Apple’s M1 chip, watch the video below.

Apart from that, Parallels recently announced that it has an M1 compatible version of its Windows virtualization software in the works.

Federighi quickly congratulated CrossOver and added that there may be cloud solutions in the future capable of running Windows applications on M1 Macs.

Federighi indicated that Windows in the cloud was a possible solution and mentioned CrossOver, which is able to “run both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows x86 binaries under some sort of WINE-like emulation layer on these systems. “. But CrossOver’s approach to emulation isn’t as consistent as what we’ve enjoyed in virtualization software like Parallels or VMWare on Intel Macs, so there can still be hills to climb.

Even though Apple revealed the price of the M1 Mac range for the Malaysian market shortly after its November event, the devices are still not available for purchase. Based on Apple’s official prices, the MacBook Air starts to 4,399 RM while the MacBook Pro 13 starts up at RM5.599 and the Mac Mini is priced at 2,999 RM.

So, are you a Mac user who doesn’t have the ability to run the Windows app on your computer? How essential is it for your job? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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