Apple confirms it: in your ARM Mac you will not be able to have a dual boot with Windows or Linux.
Apple Macs will no longer be based on Intel processors to be based on « Apple Silicon », or whatever is the same, Apple processors based on ARM architecture. The consequences of this unique transition are numerous, but there is one already confirmed.
This is native support for other operating systems to use these future Macs with them. Apple has confirmed that « We will not offer direct boot with another operating system », which means we can’t use them natively (and officially) with Windows 10 or Linux.
Nothing to start with Windows or Linux… officially
This was a predictable consequence of switching to their own chips, but no one would know what impact could this decision have in systems like Boot Camp, which until now allowed Apple users to use any Mac like a conventional Windows computer.
Systems such as the well-known rEFIt allowed multiboot systems with which the user could use his computer with Linux, Windows or macOS.
The same happened if a user wanted to install linux, with various distributions ready to be used natively on Intel-based Mac computers.
Things are changing now for these users. In The Verge, they already highlighted the inability to use a hypothetical updated version of Boot Camp on ARM-based Macs, but Craig Federighi himself confirmed this data while participating in a conversation with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.
During this participation, Federighi indicated that « he will not be able to directly start another operating system ». However, it does not exclude that these operating systems cannot be used, but for that » pure virtualization is the way. These hypervisors can be very efficient, so the need for direct booting shouldn’t be a concern. »
However, some experts are unsure whether virtualization is the solution. This developer did not trust and argued that hypervisors must run the same architecture on the host and guest operating system. Otherwise, he said, the performance of virtualized machines could be much slower, damaging the entire user experience.
However, companies that develop virtualization software can tailor their applications in this direction, but here is another striking question: Windows 10 and Linux have full versions ready to run on ARM architectures, unless you have to adapt some specific Apple components, someone may end up finding ways to keep running these versions of Windows 10 and Linux on these machines natively.
Apple doesn’t seem willing to offer support for this option, but it will be interesting to see how the events unfold What if virtualization ends up being the only solution or only the only… official solution.
Source : Engadget