Apple and Windows 10

If you’re an Apple Boot Camp user, heads up: With new changes on the horizon, Apple may have disabled Mac users’ ability to operate Windows 10. But before you rush to conclusions, this wasn’t a conscious decision for Apple. Instead, it turns out to be a licensing issue.

My team 360 Smart Networks in Atlanta wants to share what you need to know about the possible changes with Boot Camp ahead.

What Are Apple’s New Arm-Based Macs?

At their Worldwide Developers Conference this year, Apple announced its intentions to move away from Intel chips and instead to use Apple Silicon chips. This appears to have been in the works for many years as using Intel chips is not ideal for Apple in a number of ways.

Apple anticipates that the new Arm-based Macs will be released later this year, and there are a number of benefits users can look forward to as well. MacBooks will probably be cheaper, for starters. That’s because purchasing CPUs from a separate company, Intel, is expensive. Now that Apple is developing the ability to produce its own chipsets, costs will inevitably go down.

Additionally, tech experts anticipate that the entire Apple platform will be more unified with the new chipsets. Right now, iPhones and iPads use the same chips, but MacBooks use Intel. Switching over so that all three devices use the same chips is a developer’s dream and makes the whole line of technology far more seamless in terms of code and application use.

Of course, there are some drawbacks too.

Most notably, as a result of moving to Arm-power, booting up Windows 10 with Apple Boot Camp may not be an option anymore.

Will Microsoft License Windows 10 on Arm?

Microsoft, as the creator and distributor of the operating system Windows 10, only sells Windows 10 on Arm if you are buying an “Always Connected PC” or an Arm PC. With these systems, you’ll be able to purchase the hardware with Windows 10 already installed. For Arm-based Macs, there’s no way to get Windows 10 preinstalled as of now.

An Exception for Apple?

Some tech experts have questioned whether Microsoft may be interested in making an exception for Apple and licensing Windows 10 for use with their Arm-based Macs. The idea isn’t unheard of. After all, both companies collaborated to bring the Microsoft Office Suite to Apple products.

What Are Boot Camp Users to Do in the Meantime?

Although this new development may come as a shock to Apple Boot Camp users who can frequently be found booting up Windows on their Macs, there’s good news on the horizon: Apple will continue making their Intel-based Macs too. Not only can these users simply keep the current devices they have, but when it comes time to buy a new Mac, there will definitely be some to choose from that do not use Apple’s new chips. In fact, Tim Cook said recently that they have several new Intel-based Macs in the works.

Furthermore, some companies, such as Parallels, are already hard at work developing new software that will work seamlessly with the new Arm-based Macs. Additionally, if users like to run Linux using Boot Camp, this will still be a viable option, even with the new Apple Silicon.

Have More Questions About Using Windows 10 on Macs?

Speak to your managed services provider if you have more questions about how to boot Windows 10 on Macs. If this is a service you need regularly, you’ll want to steer clear of the new Arm-based Macs until Microsoft begins selling an Arm-based version of Windows 10 or additional software is released to facilitate use with Boot Camp.


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