Apple Is Reportedly Cracking Down on App Sideloading on M1 Macs

Earlier this week, 9to5Mac spotted some iOS and macOS beta code that suggested Apple would prevent users from being able to sideload unsupported apps onto the new M1 Macs. Today, 9to5Mac reported that it’s now no longer possible to sideload apps that aren’t available in the Mac App Store even if they’re available on iOS.

You can run iOS and iPadOS apps on your M1 Mac, but only if a developer supports it. Per the report, users had been sideloading apps with tools like iMazing from their iPhones or iPad and could use them on their Apple Silicon computers whether or not they were technically supported. Now, when attempting to sideload an app not available in the Mac App Store on an M1 Mac running the macOS 11.2 beta, users will see an error message that the application “cannot be installed because the developer did not intend for it to run on this platform,” according to a screengrab from 9to5Mac.

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Source: Apple Is Reportedly Cracking Down on App Sideloading on M1 Macs

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