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Apple this week implemented a server side blocking mechanism to prevent M1 Mac owners from sideloading iOS apps that have not been made available on the Mac by iOS app developers.

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Image via 9to5Mac​

As noted by 9to5Mac, it is no longer possible to use third-party apps like iMazing to obtain an app .ipa file to install it on an M1 Mac, a workaround that has been available since M1 Macs launched.

Attempting to sideload an app using the previously working method now results in an error that says "This application cannot be installed because the developer did not intend for it to run on this platform."

App developers have the option to make their iPhone and iPad apps available on M1 Macs, but they can also choose not to do so. Popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Instagram, and others have opted not to make their iOS apps available on M1 Macs and it was previously possible to install and use them with apps like iMazing or Apple Configurator 2, but that has ended.

The only iPhone and iPad apps that can be installed on M1 Macs are those that developers have expressly flagged and greenlit for use on Macs. Sideloaded apps already up and running can still be used, as this only affects new app installations. The same goes for previously downloaded .ipa files.

Apple has disabled the sideloading app feature on M1 Macs running macOS Big Sur 11.1 and the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta.

Article Link: Sideloading iOS Apps No Longer Possible on M1 Macs
 

jrlcopy

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Jun 20, 2007
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There is a logical reason behind this, where macros and spamming apps is significantly easier when you are on a desktop. Having said that, I was sideloading apps because it was super nice to be able to use that real keyboard and type type type. But oh well. :(
 

AppleFeller

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Yah I fully applaud this, unless a dev has explicitly determined they want their app running on MacOS then it shouldn't saves them pointless troubleshooting for something being used in a way not intended at all. Be patient and let the apps that want to come to MacOS.
 

Seoras

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Did you really think you owned your Apple hardware?
You own the hardware. You do not own the software, you only license it.

Feel free to wipe your hardware and put whatever you like on it.

I write Apps for a living. To be able to make a living I need to make sure my software is keeping me and my family fed.
 
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Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
Yah I fully applaud this, unless a dev has explicitly determined they want their app running on MacOS then it shouldn't saves them pointless troubleshooting for something being used in a way not intended at all. Be patient and let the apps that want to come to MacOS.
Not to mention people where getting free use from using apps in a manner not intended, which can affect the developers income ability.
 
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