While Apple’s M1 powered Macs are super fast and efficient, there are some drawbacks to consider. Most notably, Apple̵
The current version of CrossOver is not native. This means that the app will be translated from x86 to ARM via Apple’s Rosetta 2, with CrossOver itself emulating Windows. But to be fair, you don’t need to know what all this means. All you need to know is that most Windows apps will work fine with the app.
Jeremy White, a member of the Crossover team, says:
I can’t tell you how cool that is; there is so much emulation going on under the covers. Imagine – a 32-bit Windows Intel binary, running in a 32-to-64 bridge in Wine / CrossOver on top of macOS, on an ARM CPU that emulates x86 – and it works!
However, that’s not so shocking. Most early impressions of M1 Macs seem to suggest that these machines run on par or better than their predecessors, even when running apps translated from x86 to ARM. CrossOver simply proves that even if you translate or emulate multiple times, Apple’s M1 Macs can still run smoothly.
Of course, this all happens in non-ideal circumstances. The guys at CrossOver are confident that the app will work even better once it gets updated for M1.
While it’s cool that you can run Windows apps on an M1-based machine, we want to be careful if you buy one until apps like CrossOver update to run natively on the platform. Especially if you rely on running Windows apps as part of your daily workflow. Yes, it works with most apps, but that’s not a guarantee. And even when you get them working, there can be some unforeseen quirks.