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  • VMware ditches plans to support EXSi on 2019 Mac Pro

    VMware Fusion does not run on Apple Silicon today, but VMware has stated they are working on it. A blog post by their product manager says they have internal versions of it running. They also say they are planning a public beta. I’m keeping an eye on VMworld to see if they are going to release more details. 
    But set your expectations. When released on Apple Silicon, Fusion will run ARM operating systems, not x86. Same as Parallels. Which means existing VMs of x86/x86_64 won’t run. Both Parallels and Fusion are, after all,  virtualization products for a given chipset architecture and not cross-architecture instruction set emulation. Also consider that Microsoft doesn’t currently sell an ARM version of Windows to anyone other than hardware OEMs and doesn’t support it on Apple Silicon chipsets. 
    Rosetta 2 doesn’t solve the problems that would allow Fusion to run under Apple Silicon. It was designed for a simpler problem : user mode Intel applications. It does not have the full Intel architecture instruction set and architecture emulation that would allow an x86 operating system to run in emulation. The tricks used by Rosetta to get acceptable performance likely would not be applicable to emulating an x86 operating system due to the highly dynamic nature of code execution. 
  • South Korean legislation could force external payment options onto App Store

    Does anyone really think that Epic et al will reduce their prices if alternative payment options are mandated?
  • Woman claims Apple Store lost her MacBook, later found

    She claimed that her job was on the line because the computer contained passwords that she failed to back up before taking it in for repair.
    Which also means she did not have a backup to prevent against inadvertent deletion or hard drive failure. Serious lack of attention to detail going on here. 

    While there are “two mistakes” (or three if you count the failure to follow good security practices), the user has total control over actions that would have made this a non-story.  What if Apple had determined that the problem was not the display, but a motherboard problem that required replacement of the board and the soldered-on SSD? It’s nice that Apple will review their processes but the ultimate root cause of the problem is failure to take necessary precautions for critical data.

    Equipment can be replaced. Lost data is much more difficult.
  • Parallels working to bring Windows 11 to Mac

    Has Microsoft said for sure that they will support Windows 11 ARM on Apple Silicon and that they will sell a license for it to end users? Developer Previews are beta software and don’t they disappear after the product gets released? 
    VMware has stated they won’t prioitize Windows on ARM for Fusion until Microsoft answers the licensing questions as they do not want to run afoul of EULAs. 
  • Developers claim that Apple's privacy-first features are 'atomic bomb' for revenue

    If the information gathered through “spying” on customers is more valuable to a company than its actual product, then no wonder we have this “boo hoo Apple is hurting my business”. Offering me products you think I might want by spying on me or “free stuff” is not payment enough for the millions you are making on MY information.