As a mac user since the early 90s, that’s disheartening and surprising to me.
But it doesn’t matter much… their laptop hardware over the past 5 or so years has pushed me to a linux thinkpad as a daily driver anyway. I still use Apple stuff to build iOS/iPadOS apps, but there’s no sense in getting worked up about a machine used for that purpose calling home. It has to in order to produce apps that will run on physical iDevices anyway.
And I guess they’re going to seal that deal for me with the move to ARM anyway, as I still presently need to virtualize x86 on my daily driver laptop.
This still feels like a gross regression in any macOS derived from OS X.
Once they move to Arm the platform will be competely locked down. If their work on booting iOS is anything to go by once there’s a no longer supported MacOS for your hardware it’ll be stuck at the last supported level with no alternative OS options.
I suspect you’re correct. My complaint was that I need my daily driver laptop to be able to virtualize or emulate the stuff I need my software to run on, so their ARM machines won’t work for that.
Inability to repurpose the hardware after Apple stops supporting it is a similarly annoying deficiency. I suspect I’ll need to live with that aspect of it even though I can’t use their stuff as a daily driver, because I need to build for iOS/iPadOS and that’s problematic without their hardware.