Microsoft has not yet agreed to adapt Windows for Mac with ARM
I think everyone has heard about Apple Silicon. This is Apple’s new initiative to move the entire Mac line to in-house mobile processors. In Cupertino, they decided that their proprietary chips are already powerful enough to be equipped with even the most powerful machines like the iMac and Mac Pro, not to mention laptops. Using its processors will allow Apple to configure them the way it wants to, and due to its high energy efficiency it will increase the autonomy of laptop computers. Another thing is that Apple also has shortcomings in the new initiative.
The transfer of Apple computers to ARM processors involves not just replacing one chip with another, but also rewriting the entire array of software that existed before. Indeed, due to differences in architecture, it will be impossible to adapt to the original x86-oriented Word or Photoshop source code on mobile chips without adaptation. Therefore, Apple takes a short timeout to optimize its own software and give time for optimization to independent developers. That’s just not all hurried to agree to new terms of cooperation. For example, Microsoft.
Windows 10 for ARM Processors
Microsoft has not yet decided whether to adopt Windows to the new Mac with ARM processors. Despite the fact that the operating system already supports this architecture, there are at least two prerequisites for the OS to start: the computer must run on the Qualcomm processor, and the manufacturer must contact Microsoft for a license. This is becoming a problem for Apple, which, firstly, plans to produce its own chips, and, secondly, is unlikely to want to ask permission to use a competing OS on their computers.
Despite the fact that it was always possible to run Windows on a Mac through the Boot Camp or Parallels utilities, this feature was still popular among owners of Apple-branded computers. Many consciously bought Macs and installed Windows on them, using one operating system for personal needs, and another for workers, since macOS still does not have any specific applications that exist for Windows. And in the case of transferring the Mac to ARM, the owners of new Apple computers may lose this opportunity.
What will happen to the Hackintosh
However, not only Mac drivers who prefer to use Windows but Hackintosh enthusiasts will suffer. I think you know that a Hackintosh is a computer with hardware identical to a real Mac and a hacked macOS build.
Hackintosh is popular with users who want to use Apple’s desktop OS but are not ready to spend tens of thousands of dollars on buying an iMac or Mac Pro. We already told you how much you can actually save if you build a similar configuration yourself, and then run the cracked version of macOS on it.
Now it’s relatively easy to build a Hackintosh. Such a machine is used by the founder of AppleInsider.ru Mikhail Korolev. According to him, all components for the assembly are available in the public domain, and are available much cheaper than Apple offers.
However, after Apple transfers the Mac to in-house processors, it’s obvious that it’s impossible to buy them just like the A-series processors that iPhone, iPad, and iPod are equipped with. And if so, then this market, as well as software, for Hackintosh will eventually die corny, not having the opportunity to develop.