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With the new Macs featuring the proprietary Apple M1 silicon chip, compatibility concerns are diminishing as Rosetta 2 has confirmed that the Intel version of the Mac apps will run almost flawlessly on the new Macs while transitioning to the Arm architecture.
With the new Macs featuring the proprietary Apple Silicon "M1" chip, compatibility concerns are diminishing as Rosetta 2 has confirmed that the Intel version of the Mac apps will run almost flawlessly on the new Macs while transitioning to the Arm architecture. However, with the processor transition, BootCamp, which runs Windows for Intel CPUs, is no longer available, and it was announced that x86_64 virtualized apps would not work, making it difficult to use Windows apps on next-generation Macs.
In the meantime, the compatible layer software CrossOver 20 is now compatible with M1 Macs, and it was reported that Windows apps and games worked almost without any problems on the new Mac.
The CrossOver series, from Minnesota-based CodeWeavers, is a software package for running Windows applications on macOS (as well as Linux and Chrome versions), and the latest version, CrossOver 20, was released in October. It was announced that the update would also support Macs with Apple Silicon.
The Cross Over development team discovered that their local store had the cheapest MacBook Air in stock, so they bought it and loaded CrossOver 20.0.2 onto it. The results were "incredible" considering the fanless design, which is limited in terms of heat exhaustion, and the fact that it has one less GPU core than the other models, they said.
For example, to run 32-bit Intel Windows binaries, CrossOver, based on Wine 5.0 (software that emulates Windows apps on Linux and Mac), bridges 32-bit to 64-bit, and then Intel binaries are converted to Arm via Rosetta 2. It is described as "cool" to work almost satisfactorily while so many emulations are going on under the covers.
The M1 version of the Mac was found to have several desktop apps installed and working properly, and even successfully played Team Fortress 2 multiplayer with it. As you can see in the video below, the game seems to be running almost smoothly, although there are some lags.
However, Cross Over 20 will only work on M1 Macs with macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta installed. This is because this version includes some important fixes to Rosetta 2.
Although the above mentioned Team Fortress 2 game is more than a decade old, and the latest processing-heavy AAA title has not been confirmed to work, it is "likely that much older Windows apps will generally work well," which means that users of Windows apps on the Mac may have one less thing to worry about when they switch to the M1 version of the Mac.
Source: CodeWeavers Blog
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