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Apple Silicon M1 Macs just lost access to a lot of apps

One of the advantages of Apple Silicon — Apple’s ARM based processor found in the new M1 MacBooks and M1 Mac mini — is that it can natively run applications intended for iOS devices. The flipside of this, of course, is that software originally designed for Macs with Intel processors wouldn’t necessarily play nicely.

Perhaps to make up for this early shortfall of software, Apple initially allowed any iPhone application to run on Apple Silicon based Macs by letting users sideload the apps using software like iMazing. But according to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple has now closed this loophole, bringing the new Macs in line with the ‘walled garden’ approach of iOS, where unauthorized apps can only be installed via a risky jailbreak. 

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