In the fall of 2020, Apple introduced the first Mac computers with a proprietary processor. The chip called M1 is built on the basis of the ARM architecture, which was previously used only in smartphones and tablets of the brand. This step on the part of the “apple” corporation has many advantages, including the ability to run in native mode any programs and games for the iOS operating system installed on the iPhone and iPad. The support of applications for mobile devices on Mac computers delighted users, especially since the software can be installed both from the App Store and bypassing it, simply by getting files in the IPA extension from somewhere.
Many developers have banned the installation of their applications from the App Store on Mac computers, so users of the latter, built on the basis of the M1 processor, quickly found a way out. As it turned out, with the help of special software, you can extract files of programs and games signed by your Apple ID account from the iPhone and iPad, and then easily install them on the Mac, gaining full access. At the same time, the software will work in full, since even the Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the capabilities responsible for turning on the front camera are fully functional. Apparently, this state of affairs does not suit Apple.
The other day, the beta version of the macOS Big Sur 11.2 operating system was released, which added one very unpleasant innovation. The fact is that this platform contains a special protective mechanism that prohibits the installation of applications on Mac computers that are not downloaded from the App Store directly from the electronic device itself, that is, an option with an Apple ID signed and using the iPhone as a source for obtaining various kinds of programs and games will become unavailable. Because of this innovation, users of Apple computers based on the Apple Silicon M1 processor will no longer be able to install files in IPA resolution from anywhere other than from the App Store.
By taking such a step, Apple will thereby render a great service to all those software and game developers who oppose the fact that their software can be run on Mac computers with an M1 chip. When trying to install an application from an IPA file, users will see the error “This application cannot be installed because the developer did not expect it to work on this platform.” It is not known whether it will be possible to somehow circumvent such a serious limitation, because so far no one has succeeded in achieving this. It is expected that the final version of the operating system macOS Big Sur 11.2, which will be available for download to all users, will be released in the first half of February.