Apple Silicon is fast. Macs with Apple M1 chips outperform just about every other laptop on the market in most benchmarks, while consuming less power. Even Mac apps designed to run on x86 chips run faster on newer Macs than on equivalent models with Intel processors.
do not each The Mac application is still compatible. But it’s probably only a matter of time before the most popular apps are ported to the new platform.
But what if you want to run a different operating system? Apple’s Craig Federighi recently told Ars Technica that it was up to Microsoft to decide whether to support Apple’s new hardware. Previous generation Macs with Intel processors had a feature called Boot Camp that allowed users to install Windows on their Apple and dual-boot computers, choosing which operating system to run at launch.
This is not yet possible on newer Macs, but it is not due to a technical limitation on the part of Apple. Microsoft would just need to work with Apple to make it happen.
In the meantime, it is already possible to run many GNU / Linux distributions that support ARM architecture on newer Macs by installing them in a virtual machine. And it turns out you can already run also run Windows in a virtual machine.
Here’s a roundup of the latest tech news on the web.
- Windows on Apple Silicon (with QEMU) [@_AlexGraf]
Apple Macs with M1 chips don’t have Boot Camp, the tool that lets you dual boot Windows on Intel Macs. Apple says it’s open for users to install Windows, but it’s up to MS. But some people have already done this through virtualization.
- Microsoft’s ‘Project Latte’ Aims to Bring Android Apps to Windows 10 [Windows Central]
More details on Microsoft’s plans to (possibly) bring Android apps to Windows. Called Project Latte, it would allow developers to package Android apps as MSIX files for distribution through the MS Store. Reading services probably won’t work. Side loading… maybe?
- The original Jolla phone turns 7 today [Jolla]
The original Jolla Phone (the first device to ship with Sailfish OS) turned 7 this week. It has received 34 software updates over the years, but support is running out. No further operating system updates are planned, but users can still access the Jolla Store.
- NTM reform output update November 2020 [mntmn]
This modular, open-hardware laptop has been in development for a few years, and the creator raised several hundred thousand dollars through a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year and then shipped 8 prototypes to solicit comment. Here are some of the latest updates from the project.
- Ubuntu support for laptops based on Intel QC7 benchmark design [Tuxedo Computers]
Tuxedo Computers now provides full Linux installation support for all laptops based on the Intel QC7 reference design, including the XMG Fusion 15, Eluktronics MAG-15, and Maingear Element. This includes drivers and instructions for Ubuntu based distributions.
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