M1-powered Macs can run Windows apps, with some help from CrossOver

CrossOver allows you to run Windows apps on Apple Silicon-based Macs - MSPoweruser

Apple replaced it with an aluminum heat spreader instead, which iFixit says requires less maintenance.

To showcase the new software, the CodeWeavers team showcased a demo video with an Apple M1 MacBook Air running popular Windows apps and games including Among Us. I can confidently confirm that its fanless design is my favorite thing about the new laptop. There are no moving parts, and nothing to break. MacBook Pro with M1 processor has even fewer changes compared to the previous-generation model.

Coming to the M1-powered MacBook Pro, the cooling system is very similar to the Intel-based predecessor.


The M1 chip comes complete with a 5-nanometer process (which allows for better performance and lower power consumption) that's also seen on the A14 Bionic chip in the iPhone 12 models. But, internally, not much seems to have changed. iFixit tore down the two new laptops and found that the internal layout was pretty much the same for MacBook Air, even more so for MacBook Pro. The fan, in fact, is identical to the fan in the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro released earlier this year. The RAM is also integrated in the processor and Apple calls it Unified Memory Architecture or UMA. However, users are still locked into a specific amount of storage and memory, which means they'll probably have to upgrade their device sooner rather than later.

While the internals of the ‌MacBook Air‌ and MacBook Pro are close to identical to their Intel counterparts, iFixit did take a look at the all-new M1 chip, which is the shiny silver bit with an Apple logo.

As for iFixit's final thoughts on this teardown? However, CrossOver hasn't been updated for Apple's M1 chips yet, meaning it's having to run through the Rosetta 2 translation layer to work.

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