We all know of Apple’s decision to switch from Intel chips to its own ARM-based chips for all its future Mac machines. Sadly, this shift in its dependency could also mean a temporary end for Mac users that run Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS via Boot Camp mode.
As it stands, though, Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM chips to OEMs that need to pre-install the OS on new hardware. Microsoft made the point regarding Windows 10 on ARM clear in a statement to The Verge, but did not specify if it will bend its policy to allow its OS to run on Apple’s ARM-powered Macs in the future.
The Boot Camp method of running Windows 10 on a Mac system isn’t anything new, and the mode has been around for a long time. In regards to the virtual machines, Windows 10 may not be the only OS that may need to be revised for the ARM-based Macs. As per Tom Warren’s explanation, virtual machine apps may require to undergo a full-on deconstruction and reconstruction for the new machines. To that end, it’s also still unclear as to how that this can be done.
To be fair, the number of Mac users that both currently and actively run Windows 10 in Boot Camp mode on their Apple systems barely put a dent in the sea of 100 million Mac machines on the market. As such, it’s unlikely that Mac users will be seeing Windows 10 running in future ARM-powered Macs anytime soon.
(Source: The Verge)