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Macs running Apple Silicon will not be able to Boot Camp to Windows

By Kenny Yeo - on 24 Jun 2020, 10:17am

Macs running Apple Silicon will not be able to Boot Camp to Windows

(Image source: Apple)

Yesterday, Apple announced that its Macs will move away from Intel processors and transition to its own processors.

Apple hasn't given its custom Mac processors a name yet but it is referring to them as Apple Silicon.

It's a huge move for Apple but it isn't without precedent. Apple switched from Motorola 68k processors to PowerPC in 1994 and then again from PowerPC to Intel in 2005.

They also announced a new OS called macOS Big Sur to facilitate the transition. Big Sur was built from the ground-up to run on Apple Silicon.

And now, according to reports, one big feature that will be missing from Macs running on Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur is the inability to use Boot Camp.

For the uninitiated, Boot Camp is a feature that allowed Macs to dual boot Windows OSes.

However, Boot Camp will continue to work on macOS Big Sur for Macs running on Intel processors.

Fortunately, there's a workaround and that's to use virtualisation software like Parallels – which, incidentally, announced that it's coming to Macs running Apple Silicon – and run Windows.

However, this isn't quite the same as using Boot Camp for two reasons. Boot Camp is free (Parallels is a paid app), and running virtual machines means poorer performance.

Source: AppleInsider