The end for Intel-compatible x86 apps on M1 Macs? macOS 11.3 could drop Rosetta in certain countries
The upcoming macOS 11.3 software update seems to have a few interesting features ready to roll out, but there seems to be a serious drawback in the cards as well. Two strings that were spotted in the third beta of the aforementioned operating system update reveal that Rosetta could be removed in certain regions.
The first of the two strings mentioned above reads "Rosetta will be removed upon installing this update." and the second one reveals that this will only happen for some users: "Rosetta is no longer available in this region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer run."
For now, there are no details available, but if Apple doesn't find any quick workaround for what seem to be various legal problems, those who use M1-powered Macs will no longer be able to run x86 apps built for Intel-driven Macs on their machines after applying the update.
Apple has not made any comments regarding this matter yet, but we will keep an eye on the development of this story, so stay tuned.