CrossOver allows you to run Windows apps on Apple Silicon-based Macs

Yolanda Curtis
November 20, 2020

Rosetta 2 is Apple's tech in Mac devices that lets you run Intel-based apps on M1-based macOS Big Sur machines easily.

It's not possible to run Windows in Boot Camp on an M1 Mac, but that doesn't mean you can't run Windows apps.

And despite all the translation that's required, it runs surprisingly well.

The developers add that they were able to use graphical performance of M1-based MacBook to play Windows titles like Among Us and Team Fortress 2. Thanks to the M1 chip, the fan might not even kick in as much so you won't have to worry about that terrible sound.

Codeweavers hasn't yet optimized CrossOver for Apple Silicon, but it seems that doesn't matter. Microsoft's new Edge browser is also expected to follow soon, with the Edge team confirming on Twitter yesterday that support for Apple's ARM-based M1 chip was in the works. Apple plans to transition its whole Mac line to its own Apple Silicon chips over the next two years, so all Mac developers will ultimately have to recompile their apps so they can run natively on these new Macs. Indeed, Parallels, who has been building Windows virtualization software for the Mac for years, has also confirmed that it's building a version of its software for M1 Macs - but for the time being, it looks like CrossOver is the only option.

Apple announced MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13-inch, and the Mac mini powered by its in-house M1 processor earlier this month. This was all tested on the cheapest Apple Silicon laptop you can buy, the $999 MacBook Air with 8GB of RAM. While the M1-powered chips are proof of Apple's hard work and a foreshadowing of even more complex machines in the future, these MacBooks are going to be very hard to fix outside of Apple's network. Its power continues to amaze us, and it's only going to get better from here.

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