9to5Mac reported last month that Apple implemented a new method to stop users from sideloading unsupported iOS apps on M1 Macs, which was actually enabled for some time with a server change and then reversed moments later. Following the release of MacOS ‘Big Sur 11.2 last week, it looks like Apple has officially blocked the side-load process for iOS apps on M1 Macs.
Since the M1 chip is based on the same ARM architecture as the iPhone and iPad chips, Apple has allowed developers to offer their iOS apps on the Mac App Store. However, several developers have chosen not to offer their iOS apps to M1
Thanks to tools like iMazing, it was possible to download the IPA files to iOS apps you purchased from the App Store and then install them manually on M1 Macs, which allowed users to run apps like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and even with Netflix on Mac us. Unfortunately, this seems to have annoyed some developers, which caused Apple to block this process permanently.
9to5Mac tried to sideload different iOS apps on M1 Macs with both macOS Big Sur 11.2 and macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta, but it was not possible to install them. As we reported, this is a server-side change related to the APIs that manage the Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection of the operating system.
macOS now displays a message stating that the app is not meant to run on a Mac.
This application cannot be installed because the developer did not intend it to run on this platform.
The first time Apple blocked the page load process on M1 Macs, the company probably only tested the new limitation, as macOS Big Sur 11.2 was only available as a beta release at the time. Now it seems that the block is real.
At this time, there is no known solution for page loading iOS apps on M1 Macs, so we’ll have to wait and see if Apple will reverse the decision again, or if anyone else will be able to change the operating system to install iOS apps. on compatible Macs.
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