The announcement of Apple’s own ARM-based silicone ushered in the next big step in something that Apple customers expected, but also feared. It represented the next phase in the unification of Apple platforms, keeping macOS and iOS separate, at least for now. On a technical level, it will be possible to run iOS apps on high-end Macs more easily than before. It seems, however, that not everyone is on board yet.
By using the same CPU architecture that powers iPads and iPhones, the new Apple Silicon Macs, in theory, would make it easier to support iOS applications directly than previously possible using Apple’s compatibility framework. In fact, by default, all iOS apps should be visible on the Mac App Store on an Apple Silicon Mac. Apple, however, has given app developers the option to escape and some very important names are apparently doing so.
9to5Mac scoured and found that Google’s most notable iOS apps, such as Gmail, Google Maps and even YouTube, are not listed in this Apple Silicon version of the Mac App Store. Perhaps the worst is that Facebook has apparently left all of its applications, including Instagram and WhatsApp, absent. Unsurprisingly, Apple’s rival streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video and Disney, are also out.
But not everyone gave up, and Netflix and HBO Max are still in the game. Their absence is also not forever and its developers may have chosen to temporarily remove their applications from Apple Silicon compatibility for one reason or another. They could still arrive in time for the actual launch of the new Macs.
The Apple event on November 10 is set to debut this first line of computers that will run on the brand new Apple Silicon. Not much is known about this new generation of Macs yet, and many in the technology world will be watching closely what this will mean for the future of Apple’s computing ecosystem.