Apple Has Started Restricting Users from Side-loading iOS Apps on M1 Macs

Apple’s M1 chip MacBooks really set the tone for a new generation of computers. Not only are these machines running on mobile chips but they give excellent performance. Not to mention, they work well with the seriously conservative power consumption which seems unreal. Now, since these MacBooks work on a mobile architecture chip, they supported iOS apps. People were able to run certain apps which were otherwise unavailable on the MacOS store.

The thing with app support was that since Apple made it possible to run any iOS app on the M1 chip Mac, developers were given the option to opt their products out of this ordeal. While many did, people were able to load these apps on to their Macs using IPAs ported from let’s say, iMazing. While Apple did claim they would be looking to fix this issue last week, they have officially come up with a “solution” to prevent users from bypassing the system.

According to an exclusive report from 9to5Mac, the company has updated its server to simply reject apps which are otherwise not compatible with the Mac machine. They would simply show a message which would not support the app and not open it. According to the report, many users have claimed to have a different message on their Big Sur 11.2 Betas. They say that it does specifically state that users cannot run these apps because the developer prohibits this.

While this may be a good thing in terms of the quality control that Apple maintains, it is still a bummer. For the first time, Apple was allowing for free usage and suddenly they put restrictions on it and we’re back to square one.

Sarmad Burki


Sarmad Burki is a Mathematician and a Economist with a passion for all things gaming and tech. His academics and professional experience combined with tech and gaming adds to his skills giving him a unique ability to observe the tech and gaming industry from various prespectives.