Apple M1 Chips and Virtual Machines

It appears that the latest range of Apple computers are equipped with the M1 Chip, which is ARM based ( Though Microsoft is moving towards more support of Win 10 on the M1 chip ( not all applications are currently supported on Windows !0 for ARM, especially 64bit applications. Parallels apparently supports running Windows 10 for ARM on M1 chipped Macs but I haven’t tried this myself. VMware has made comments regarding their intended support of VMs on M1 but Windows VM are a lower priority at this stage (

What this means is that if you are like me and like to use virtual Windows machines on a MacBook Pro or similar, you might want to consider upgrading to an Intel I7 or I9 based one now, while they are still available. One source of these that I have used in the past is in the Apple online store’s ‘Refurbished and Clearance’ section. (Though I’m sure there’s other stock available elsewhere too, so don’t read this as a recommendation or endorsement!)

I should mention, before anyone else does, that another option is to port over to the Windows infrastructure entirely and retire the trusty Mac.

That is what I will be doing… the newer macbook keyboards are what initially held me off upgrading - I’m still using my 2015 mb pro, but I’ve had some issues with it crashing lately… and the big sur upgrade failed and I had to completely wipe it to get it to install.

My next laptop will probably be a windows one… the newer AMD Ryzen 5000 based laptops look pretty good… will wait an see though as I’m not doing much travel at the moment.

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I got in and bought one of the last intel macbook pro’s, so that should keep me going awhile. Hopefully the VM situation is sorted by then.

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I’m on my second MacBook Pro and while it’s only a 2016 model with the shi!!y keyboard, I’m excited at the thought of getting a new M1 to run RAD Studio in a Windows 11 on Arm VM. Jim McKieth demoed this a few weeks back in a TCofeeAndCode session (Arm on the Desktop - macOS and Windows 11 Arm - TCoffeeAndCode - YouTube) Fast forward to about 10 minutes in.
Once VMWare have fusion on the M1 running, I’m sure it should all work well enough for development. The Microsoft X86 to ARM conversion on the fly is very impressive.
I’ll let you know how it all goes. Don’t hold your breath :grinning::grinning: