Recently, following Apple’s announcement of M1-powered Macs, the company highlighted the way the new Mac mini, Macbook Air, and MacBook Pro 13-inch will potentially run iOS apps. The cross-compatibility is broiled into the macOS Big Sur and is activated due to the M1 chip, resembling the A14 processor in the iPhone. Now, the company is stopping users’ side-loading of the iPhone apps into their new Macs.
Seemingly, the reason is that Apple wants just approved iPhone apps to be running on the Mac and intends to ensure these apps must be downloaded from the App Store. As most iPhone apps are not readily available for Mac, users are using an app iMazing on the iPhone to copy any app to run on the M1 processor. However, Apple is stopping them from this practice.
Now, an error occurs when they attempt to install iPhone apps on M1 Mac, “this application cannot be installed because the developer did not intend for it to run on this platform.”
The idea behind this is that as a developer does not submit an iPhone app to the Mac App Store, it is set not to be working on M1 Macs even there is a workspace. This is the actual right way. Running an iPhone app on any M1 Macs through iMazing is potentially risky as they can access the specific hardware of the Mac mini or MacBook and UI of the macOS. They will not actually run on these machines the same as they will be running on the iPhone.
The whole scenario has another aspect too. Side-loading of any apps is not possible on the iPhone and iPad, and each app should land through the App Store. On a Mac, the regular computer, side-loading of the iPhone apps is possible and can even be used to install apps before the app store evolved. Giving users more control is a more useful approach.
In this context, many users can see the latest Apple move as restricting macOS, just like the iOS is stopped. In response to the news, one poster in R/Apple on Reddit wrote, “This was what I was concerned about. They were going to lock down MacOS.”
Few users found it as apparently a non-issue, though. In the same Reddit sub-forum, another poster wrote, “Not really, it’s not like you’re losing anything compared to the Intel version. If they started blocking apps outside the App Store, now that would be a different story.”