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Apple’s New Arm-Based Macs Won’t Support Windows Through Boot Camp

Accepted submission by chromas at 2020-06-26 05:39:01
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Apple’s New Arm-Based Macs Won’t Support Windows Through Boot Camp [theverge.com]:

Apple will start switching its Macs to its own ARM-based processors [theverge.com] later this year, but you won’t be able to run Windows in Boot Camp mode on them. Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to PC makers to preinstall on new hardware, and the company hasn’t made copies of the operating system available for anyone to license or freely install.

“Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. We asked Microsoft if it plans to change this policy to allow Windows 10 on ARM-based Macs, and the company says “we have nothing further to share at this time.”

[...] Apple later confirmed it’s not planning to support Boot Camp on ARM-based Macs in a Daring Fireball podcast [youtu.be]. “We’re not direct booting an alternate operating system,” says Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering. “Purely virtualization is the route. These hypervisors can be very efficient, so the need to direct boot shouldn’t really be the concern.”

Previously: Apple Announces 2-Year Transition to ARM SoCs in Mac Desktops and Laptops [soylentnews.org]


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