Well that was fun while it lasted.
Earlier this week, 9to5Mac We spotted some experimental codes for iOS and macOS that suggested Apple would prevent users from being able to download unsupported apps on the new M1 Macs. Today, 9to5Mac You mentioned that it is no longer possible to download apps that are not available in the Mac App Store even if they are available on iOS.
You can run iOS and iPadOS apps on your M1 Mac, but only if a developer supports them. According to the report, users have been downloading apps with tools like iMazing from their iPhone or iPad and they can use it on Apple Silicon computers whether or not it is technically supported now, when trying to download an application not available in the Mac App Store on the M1 Mac running beta version of macOS 11.2, users will see an error message that “The application cannot be installed because the developer did not intend to run it on this” platform, “according to a screenshot from 9to5Mac.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the change.
So what is bothering developers that they don’t want their apps to run on Macs? Well, there are a number of reasons, not the least of which is the way the app was supposed to work. If they’re designed for the mobile experience, they may not work as intended on a Mac.
And while people seemed to be able to figure out a short-term solution, it was probably only a matter of time before Apple ruined the fun, as Apple had always stuck with sideloading. You can do this on iOS, but it requires Jailbreak Your phone, which comes with its own risks. However, it is much easier to operate on Android.
The good news, according to 9to5Mac, is that previously sideloaded programs continue to run.