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Video Demos macOS Catalina Running on iPad Pro via x86 Emulation

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A video demonstrating macOS Catalina running on a current 2020 iPad Pro has been shared on YouTube, giving us a look at an interesting hack that has a Mac OS up and working on one of Apple's iPads.


There's limited information about how the process of getting macOS Catalina on an iPad Pro works, but it uses x86 emulation and was done through the UTM software that allows virtual machines to run on iOS.

Booting up into macOS Catalina took a full 20 minutes, though the original creator says that it has since been optimized and now takes approximately 5 to 7 minutes. The video is over 37 minutes long due to how slow macOS Catalina is on the iPad, and it is not a functional or usable installation at this time, but it's interesting to see the macOS operating system on an iPad Pro.

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benshive

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I have OS X 10.5.4, Windows XP, and Linux Mint VMs set up on my iPad Pro with UTM. Tried TempleOS just for fun because couldn't get mouse/keyboard input to do anything :p
 
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this is perfect proof against running anything similar to the macOS UI on a touch input only device.
i know, it also supports mouse, but it's easy to see that is not the primary input method.
 
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this is perfect proof against running anything similar to the macOS UI on a touch input only device.
i know, it also supports mouse, but it's easy to see that is not the primary input method.
ipadOS is no longer a touch-only interface ... I have the latest iPad Pro with Apple's keyboard+touch pad and also the pencil ... it combines the best of all worlds. Using the iPad became for me a nice mix of keyboard/touchpad/finger/pen ... same could be true for macOS
 
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Until macOS is optimized for touch (it never will be), I'll pass on something like this and just hope Apple continues to refine the OS designed for the device instead.

The changes to the user interface on macOS Big Sur were deliberately to support touch. Menus spaced apart, larger "touch" targets.... it's all setting the stage for a touch-based macOS.
 
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This was the secret life of Catalina, essentially a Big Sur prototype with ARM-compatability. I think everyone knew that the bugginess was there for a reason.
 
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tonyr6

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You mean I wasted over $2000 buying a MacBook Pro when I could have used my iPad. :D
Joking aside this is an achievement that's its possible to run software on the iPad that is not stock.
 
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Apple should make a Mac tablet. As small and light as possible. Ideally, 200 g and pocketable. Even without battery, but charging from the mains. Not for heavy work, but the ultimate Keynote and PowerPoint presentation tool. Make the presentation on the desktop Mac. Save it into the Mac tablet and carry it to the presentation room. Great for teachers and researchers.
 
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Apple should make a Mac tablet. As small and light as possible. Ideally, 200 g and pocketable. Even without battery, but charging from the mains. Not for heavy work, but the ultimate Keynote and PowerPoint presentation tool. Make the presentation on the desktop Mac. Save it into the Mac tablet and carry it to the presentation room. Great for teachers and researchers.
Look up ‘iPad’
 
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PhillieG57

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I wish Apple would get Catalina to work on a Mac Mini! I made the big mistake of installing it and it has caused so many problems o_O
 
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dawhol9

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Apple should make a Mac tablet. As small and light as possible. Ideally, 200 g and pocketable. Even without battery, but charging from the mains. Not for heavy work, but the ultimate Keynote and PowerPoint presentation tool. Make the presentation on the desktop Mac. Save it into the Mac tablet and carry it to the presentation room. Great for teachers and researchers.

Look up ‘iPad’
Or iPhone
 
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