Apple’s transition from Intel-powered to ARM-based chips has raised questions whether the Apple M1 chip will support Windows.
Apple’s Vice President of Software engineering, Craig Federighi, said in a recent interview that their latest Macs with ARM-powered chip; M1 have the potential to run the ARM version of Windows. But it’s up to Microsoft to decide whether they want it or not.
“We have the core technologies for them to do that, to run their ARM version of Windows, which in turn, of course, supports x86 user-mode applications,” the Apple SVP told Ars Technica. “But that’s a decision Microsoft has to make, to bring to license that technology for users to run on these Macs. But the Macs are certainly very capable of it.”
The silicon Macs show decent reviews and exceptional benchmark scores. New Macs show a 3.9x faster Ram processing power and a 7x increase in image processing than earlier intel MacBooks. Craig says that Apple M1 have the core power required to run ARM-based Windows and support x86 mode applications, but it’s Microsoft’s decision to provide a license for the ARM version of Windows for their ARM Macs.
While Microsft opens up. Meanwhile, you can use third-party apps to use Windows on Silicon Macs. Softwares include CrossOver that can run Windows x86 software, and Parallels Desktop 16 for using Windows 10 on virtual machines.