Earlier as we speak, MacRumors reported that it’s attainable to run any iOS app you’ve gotten bought on an M1-based Mac, offered you will get entry to the correct file. Certain sufficient, should you’ve bought or downloaded an app to your iPhone or iPad, it’s attainable to get it working on an M1-based Mac — I’m presently trying on the iOS variations of Darkish Sky, Spotify, Slack, Netflix, and Gmail on this MacBook Air.
Working a few of these apps, it’s pretty clear in some instances why these builders haven’t instantly made them accessible for the Mac within the Mac App Retailer. Netflix, for instance, is bounded inside a window and might’t be resized or go full display (but it surely works, and you’ll even obtain movies for offline viewing). Instagram is comparatively small on the display, but it surely additionally runs wonderful, you’ll be able to submit, and it appears to hook into the correct photograph library and digicam permissions. Many of those apps require Apple’s “Touch Alternatives” system to work.
To get these apps working, you simply have to get the app recordsdata, that are merely packages with the .IPA file extension. And these recordsdata must be related together with your Apple ID, so you’ll be able to’t simply share them round to different individuals.
A very long time in the past, IPA recordsdata have been simple to seek out in an unencrypted iTunes backup, however that’s not the case. As an alternative, you should use a long-standing Mac app known as iMazing to straight obtain legitimately bought IPA recordsdata to your Mac. Merely double click on them they usually set up into your functions folder like every other app as long as your Mac and iPhone are on the identical Apple ID.
We’re far for the primary to find this. MacRumors reported it and the primary place I can discover affirmation is that this submit by redditor probablyamy, who additionally defined the step-by-step course of.
1. Plug-in machine to Mac with iMazing working
2. Choose “Apps” for the iPhone plugged in to your Mac
3. Choose “Manage Apps” within the tabs on the backside
4. Choose “Library” within the handle apps display
5. Obtain the apps you need
6. Proper click on on the downloaded app within the checklist -> Export ipa
7. Double-click the .ipa file on an M1 Mac to run set up it.
Having run into some bugs myself with earlier variations of iOS apps forward of the evaluate, I’ll inform you that there are fairly prone to be much more bugs with this methodology — each inside a few of these apps and presumably even together with your macOS system. That is extra one thing to mess around with than it’s one thing you must contemplate for any vital apps that you simply use.
Apple’s coverage is that the one authorised strategy to set up iOS apps is to get them from the Mac App Retailer and the one method for builders to distribute iOS apps to Mac customers is through that very same retailer. Which suggests this methodology may or may not proceed to work down the road.