What to Expect: When you receive your brand new M1 Mac, some of your favorite iPhone apps can be used on it. However, be aware that there may be some compatibility issues at first. Apple reminded developers to make updates if necessary. However, automatic placement in the Mac Store can cause overlap.
Earlier this week, Apple unveiled the latest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini, sporting its new M1 SoC. Aside from being the top performing silicon Apple has developed, the architecture now allows iOS apps to run on macOS out of the box, but in some cases not without changes to the developer side.
Apple said the vast majority of iPhone apps would work on M1 Macs with the help of Big Sur. In most cases, iPhone apps are placed in the Mac App Store automatically. The only exceptions are software from developers such as Google and Facebook who have opted out. Apple also rules out some location-based apps.
However, this automatic transition creates a slight compatibility problem with some applications. Apps that use features only available for iPhones, such as the TrueDepth camera, accelerometer, touchscreen gestures, or the cellular modem, are problematic and won’t work. Apple recommends developers tweak their code to make the app compatible, or disable placement in the Mac Store.
“To ensure Mac users have a great experience, make sure that your apps work well on this platform and don’t rely on iPhone or iPad features that aren’t available on the Mac. If necessary, update their availability on the Mac in the App Store Connect. ”
For the most part, the developer doesn’t need to make an incompatible app available in the Mac Store. The only exception are applications that use the Core Location API. Because this API won’t work reliably on Macs without GPS, Apple is excluding these apps without any developer intervention.
Apple will also add apps that are listed in the Mac Store – “Designed for iPad” and “Not verified for macOS”. After developers have tested and verified that their mobile app works properly under macOS, they can request the removal of the “unverified” notice.
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