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Apple s Craig Federighi says ARM Windows can run natively on M1 Macs - MobileSyrup

Apple s Craig Federighi says ARM Windows can run natively on M1 Macs - MobileSyrup
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In an interview with Ars Technica , Federighi and other Apple execs discussed the new Apple Silicon initiative and the first chip to come from it for Macs, the new ARM-based M1. Overall, its an incredibly interesting read, so if you want to know more about the M1s design, architecture and performance, definitely .

The interview touched on Windows on M1 Macs, which currently isnt an option. Federighi points out that its up to Microsoft to license the ARM version of Windows since the companys current licensing set up doesnt allow the ARM version of Windows 10 on devices unless the manufacturer pre-installs it. In other words, no ARM Windows 10 on M1 Macs. When The Verge asked Microsoft if it had plans to change the ARM Windows 10 licensing policies, the company said it had nothing further to share at this time.

Federighi stressed that the M1 Macs have the core technologies for Windows on ARM to run natively, but its really up to Microsoft.

For now, Federighi points to other solutions like CrossOver as potential solutions. CrossOver uses a WINE -like layer to run 32- and 64-bit x86 Windows apps. However, Arspoints out that CrossOver isnt as consistent as virtualization software like Parallels or VMWare on Intel Macs.

Cloud-based solutions could also help bring Windows apps to M1 Macs, and while theres not much available yet, this could be more likely than people think. Previous rumours suggested Microsoft was if thats true, it wouldnt be hard for the company to branch it out to Macs, especially the new M1 variants.
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