Earlier in the present day, MacRumors reported that it’s attainable to run any iOS app you have bought on an M1-based Mac, supplied you can get entry to the suitable file. Sure sufficient, if you’ve bought or downloaded an app in your iPhone or iPad, it’s attainable to get it operating on an M1-based Mac — I’m at the moment wanting on the iOS variations of Dark Sky, Spotify, Slack, Netflix, and Gmail on this MacEbook Air.
Running a few of these apps, it’s pretty clear in some instances why these builders haven’t instantly made them obtainable for the Mac within the Mac App Store. Netflix, for instance, is bounded inside a window and might’t be resized or go full display (nevertheless it works, and you may even obtain movies for offline viewing). Instagram is comparatively small on the display, nevertheless it additionally runs wonderful, you can submit, and it appears to hook into the suitable photograph library and digicam permissions. Many of those apps require Apple’s “Touch Alternatives” system to work.
To get these apps operating, you simply want to get the app information, that are merely packages with the .IPA file extension. And these information want to be related together with your Apple ID, so you can’t simply share them round to different folks.
A very long time in the past, IPA information had been straightforward to discover in an unencrypted iTunes backup, however that’s not the case. Instead, you can use a long-standing Mac app known as iMazing to straight obtain legitimately bought IPA information to your Mac. Simply double click on them and so they set up into your purposes folder like any different app as long as your Mac and iPhone are on the identical Apple ID.
We’re far for the primary to uncover 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 system to Mac with iMazing operating
2. Select “Apps” for the iPhone plugged in to your Mac
3. Select “Manage Apps” within the tabs on the backside
4. Select “Library” within the handle apps display
5. Download the apps you need
6. Right 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 seemingly to be much more bugs with this methodology — each inside a few of these apps and presumably even together with your macOS system. This is extra one thing to mess around with than it’s one thing you ought to contemplate for any essential apps that you use.
Apple’s coverage is that the one accredited approach to set up iOS apps is to get them from the Mac App Store and the one approach for builders to distribute iOS apps to Mac customers is through that very same retailer. Which means this methodology might or might not proceed to work down the road.