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Apr 12, 2001

Installing the upcoming macOS 11.3 software update on an M1 Mac may result in Rosetta 2 being removed in one or more regions around the world.


In the third beta of macOS 11.3 seeded to developers for testing today, MacRumors contributor Steve Moser uncovered new strings in the beta's code indicating that "Rosetta will be removed upon installing this update." Another new string reads "Rosetta is no longer available in this region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer run."

Apple did not specify which regions where Rosetta 2 would be "no longer available," and no further details are known at this time.

Rosetta 2 enables Macs powered by Apple silicon like the M1 chip to run x86 apps built for an Intel-based Mac. The translation layer works in the background when a user opens an app compiled only for Mac computers with an Intel processor, and automatically translates the app for use with Apple silicon the first time the app is run.

It's unclear why macOS 11.3 might remove Rosetta 2 on M1 Macs in some regions, but perhaps there are legal or copyright reasons involved. Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but we'll provide an update if we hear back.

The third beta of macOS 11.3 also adds some new settings with imagery for mapping game controller buttons to keyboard layouts, according to Moser's code-level findings, but we are not fully sure what this entails.

Article Link: Rosetta May Be Removed From M1 Macs in Some Regions on macOS 11.3
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macrumors member
Dec 19, 2011
Rosetta is a necessity for ensuring a smooth transition and to allow users the freedom to use apps as needed. (Especially power users that work in tech, arts, academics, etc)

Maybe this has to do with a maintenance issue; they don’t want to support this forever? Honestly, I’d pay an extra $3 a month for the privilege of continued Rosetta support!

You hear that Apple? Another subscription to make stubborn customers using Rosetta only apps (which will continue for at least 3 years, I imagine, if not forever) to have continued support, for payment. Power users, educators, and enterprises would pay; regular users wouldn’t be bothered because they will only use M chip approved apps. Problem solved!
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