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Will ArcGIS run inside the new M1 Mac ?


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We already know that the new Macs with M1 chip can run both Intel and ARM apps made for macOS and iOS, but Mac users who rely on Windows for some specific software have lost Boot Camp support. However, CodeWeavers announced that CrossOver 20 now works on Apple Silicon Macs, which means that the new M1 Macs can run Windows software right on macOS.

If you’re unfamiliar with CrossOver, it’s a platform based on the open-source Wine project that can run the Windows environment on macOS and Linux. In other words, it allows users to install and run Windows software on other operating systems without even installing a full version of Windows as you do on a virtual machine.

While Apple and Microsoft have confirmed that the new ARM-based Macs no longer support Windows (at least for now), CodeWeavers developers were able to run CrossOver 20 on Macs with M1 chip. The latest version of CrossOver emulates Windows Intel binaries on macOS through Rosetta 2 technology, which emulates x86 binaries on the new ARM Mac hardware.

M1 Macs can now run Windows apps and games through CrossOver 20

Moreover, the Windows emulation is still under active development. Since the support for Boot Camp for these new M1 Mac is over, users of ArcGIS users must rely on the virtual environment for the time being. Moreover, M1 Macs have a new integrated GPU which may or may not work with ArcGIS Pros.

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