Macs with M1 might have Rosetta 2 removed in a future update for macOS in some areas, or at least that’s the latest nugget of the rumor.
This one comes from MacRumors, courtesy of contributor Steve Moser, who explored the code for the latest beta of macOS 11.3 (the third) and found some interesting mentions of Rosetta 2. The latter is translation technology based. on ARM. Mac M1s use it to run traditional x86 software (in other words, applications written for Intel Macs).
Specifically, messages indicate that “Rosetta will be removed when installing this update” and that “Rosetta is no longer available in this region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer work. “
Naturally, this has caused some consternation among some users who are concerned that Rosetta 2 support will be removed from their Macs in the near future – but what we shouldn’t be doing is getting carried away straight into panic mode here.
For starters, the suggestion here is that support could be removed, but only for certain regions, and it’s certainly not clear what those regions might be (but it looks like these aren’t major markets … I hope) .
Plus, it’s far from certain that it means anything, as the presence of a bit of code in a beta of macOS doesn’t mean it will never be actively used; it can be some kind of placeholder or just an addition just in case.
Supporting this idea, there are already reports of Mac owners seeing posts similar to this, such as a post on Apple’s own support forum from December, where a user reports seeing a post saying : “Rosetta is currently not available in your country or region. “
This error resolved on its own after a reboot, but it shows that these kinds of messages were already in macOS code – and even presented themselves to users – before.
That said, references to not being “currently” available are obviously quite different from not being “no longer” available, and Rosetta being removed after installing an update.
So it’s pretty easy to see where the concerns are coming from, and there are certainly some people clamoring to know which regions we could refer to in this beta code.
Coming to the conclusion that installing the macOS 11.3 update on an M1 machine could lead to a Rosetta-free experience in some regions is a big step forward, so keep a lot of caution on hand on this one for the moment.
As Moser points out in his tweet, this could possibly be happening because in some parts of the world Apple is anticipating potential legal issues and, as MacRumors observes, there could be the possibility of copyright issues. on the horizon.
There’s only one real way to get to the bottom of this, of course, and so we’ve reached out to Apple to try and get a response on that. If we hear from the company, we’ll update this story with their response.
Part of the reason this has caused such a stir is that even the prospect of the Rosetta 2 technology being phased out in any region is somewhat of a concern, while it is still very much needed to ensure compatibility between. all applications in the early days of the Mac M1.