Recently, Apple has been releasing Mac computers based on its proprietary ARM processors. This system-on-a-chip is a modified and improved version of the one used in the iPhone and iPad. The brand offers three models of computers based on it for the choice of buyers: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, and all of these electronic devices are built on the identical 8-core Apple Silicon M1 chip, which has impressive performance. Due to the transition to a new processor architecture, the new “poppies” are noticeably faster than the old ones on Intel, and they also heat up less and keep the battery charge longer, so 12-16 hours of battery life when watching videos at medium brightness over Wi-Fi is now a reality.
The only problem is that not all applications for Mac computers are optimized for the ARM architecture. Apple initially understood that some developers would take a long time to adapt their software to new processors, so it created the Rosetta 2 emulation environment that allows you to work with all previously available programs and games, running them in compatibility mode. In this case, the overall performance of the application is reduced by 10-15%, but still, even in this situation, the new “Macs” are noticeably faster than their predecessors on Intel, demonstrating a longer battery life, less heating and other advantages.
Some programs have already been optimized over the Apple Silicon M1 on ARM, and some, most of which, are not yet. In addition, the compatibility algorithm Rosetta 2 in some cases does not allow the use of old applications, so some users may be deprived of access to certain applications. A program called iMobie M1 App Checker aims to solve this problem by being completely free. This is a special tool that, after being installed on a Mac computer, checks and displays a complete list of software on an electronic device that is optimized and not optimized for the new processor architecture. The list of applications is displayed in a convenient form, and you can also use the list search.
In addition, this program is able to export applications from the iPhone and iPad, so that they can then, already in a signed state, be installed on a Mac and used on a computer without any restrictions. Also on the official website of this application, available at https://www.imobie.com/m1-app-checker/, there is a database of already tested applications, so even without installing this program, you can find out which software works and which one – not.
All information is constantly updated, because gradually the developers are adapting their projects for the Apple Silicon M1, especially since everyone understands perfectly well that never in the future Apple will use the x86 architecture from Intel, since it is completely outdated, providing insufficiently high performance relatively the amount of energy consumed.