Apple has turned off users’ ability to unofficially install iOS apps on their M1 Macs (via 9to5Mac). While iOS apps are still available in the Mac App Store, not many apps, such as Dark Sky and Netflix, have the developer’s approval to run on macOS. Until now, there was a solution that allowed the use of third-party software to install the apps without having to use the Mac App Store, but it seems that Apple has disabled it remotely.
When we tried to install an app that is not supported on an M1 Mac running macOS 11.1, we received an error message stating that we could not install it and should “try again later”
According to 9to5Mac, the message on the latest macOS 11.2 beta is more specific: “The application could not be installed because the developer did not intend it to run on this platform.”
Apple’s move to block unauthorized app installations is not necessarily surprising. The code was found in the beta version, which indicates that there will be a ban, and Apple has given developers the power to block their apps from running on Mac – a force that is undermined by page loading. However, it’s sad to see that the feature works, as Mac users have been accustomed to having more freedom in which apps they can run than they do on iOS (although Apple’s control over the Mac has tightened over the years).
We were able to run an app that we had already installed, but Apple is clearly cracking down on this behavior, so there is no guarantee that our already side-loaded apps will work in the future either.