December 5, 2020

iOS applications can be used directly on the ARM MacBook

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Apple will hold its third press conference this fall on November 10 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. The focus of this press conference is on Mac series devices including MacBook and MacBook Pro equipped with Apple’s own ARM chip.

Although there are not much-known news, at WWDC 2020, Apple revealed that iOS applications will be directly available on Apple Silicon Mac devices. These applications will be synchronized to the Mac App Store for users to download and install.

Because Apple Silicon Mac uses the same processor as the iPhone and iPad, even if the developer does not specifically adapt to the Mac, these iOS applications can still be downloaded and used. Of course, the developer has the right to make his own decision.

Apple Macbook ARM

A few days ago, Apple provided developers with configuration options. By default, all iOS apps will be synchronized to the Mac App Store, but developers can opt-out of the store and continue to download and use apps on iPhone or iPad series devices. In fact, many developers have taken the initiative to adjust these options to refuse to provide services for the ARM version of Mac devices.

9to5mac found after checking that Google has adjusted its account configuration so that most apps will not support Apple Silicon Mac, including YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Gmail, and so on. Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook itself will not support these Mac devices.

Apple will also provide compatibility information instructions on the application download page, for example, it is designed for iPad and has not been verified for macOS. If it is not compatible, users can download it to iPhone and iPad.