Apple's Upcoming ARM-Based Macs Won't Support Boot Camp or Windows Virtualization

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Apple upgrades Macs from Intel processors to custom house chips. Overall, the move will improve Mac performance and lower manufacturing costs. But it also means that the new ARM Macs lose Boot Camp and cannot run Windows 10 via virtualization.

For the uninitiated, Boot Camp is a tool that allows you install Windows on a Mac. It even includes drivers, so you can switch between macOS and Windows without a hitch. But Apple has no plans to add Boot Camp to its new ARM Macs, because it’s not worth it.

Boot Camp is not a popular tool, and it goes against Apple’s commitment to simplicity and exclusivity. In addition, running Windows or Linux natively on an ARM Mac requires a new set of drivers and modifications that can take months or years to develop.

In addition, Windows 10 for ARM is not a publicly available operating system. You can’t download Windows 10 for ARM from the Microsoft Store, and the operating system is still playing on the shallow end in terms of stability and application support. Apple can’t distribute copies of Windows 10 for ARM without Microsoft’s permission, and that won’t happen anytime soon.

Apple started moving away from Boot Camp years ago in favor of operating system virtualization. The idea is that instead of partitioning your hard drive and running an operating system in native mode, you can allocate resources to run Windows or Linux inside macOS. But virtualization software like VMWare or Parallels has to be completely rebuilt for ARM Macs, and even then Windows 10 for ARM does not float for legal and free consumption.

Fortunately, Intel-based Macs will continue to support Boot Camp technology. And since Apple plans to release a series of Intel Macs with its all-new ARM computers, it’s not like you’re in the dark. Virtualization technology could catch up with ARM-based Macs as the company dumps its Intel computers, but for now, the future of Boot Camp looks pretty bleak.

Source: Apple via The edge

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