Since the launch of M1 Macs, Apple executives have interviewed a number of publications today, Ars Technica publishes another interview with software chief Craig Federigi, hardware chief Johnny Suruji and vice president of marketing Greg Yosviak
Much of the interview focuses on topics the three have already covered in previous discussions, but there is an interesting piece from Federighi for Microsoft and Windows for the M1 Mac. Currently, the M1 Mac does not support Windows and does not have the Boot Camp feature that Intel Intel has, but Windows support is a feature that many would like to see.
Federighi says the Windows on the M1 Mac is “dependent on Microsoft.” Basic technologies exist, and Macs are capable of that, but Microsoft must decide whether to license its Arm-based version of Windows to Mac users.
As for Windows, which runs on the machine, “it really depends on Microsoft,” he said. “We have the basic technology to do this, to launch our ARM version of Windows, which in turn, of course, supports x86 custom applications. But this is a decision that Microsoft must make to license this technology so that users can run on these Macs. But Macs are certainly very capable of doing so. “
Federighi also suggested that Windows in the cloud could be a possible solution in the future, and he stressed CrossOver, which is able to run x86 applications for Windows on the M1 Mac using Rosetta 2.
Federighi, Joswiak and Srouji also discussed the development of Apple Silicon chips, the design of the M1, the performance of the M1, the unified memory architecture, the launch of iOS applications and more. The full interview can be read at Ars Technica.