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    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.

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      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.

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        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.