Researchers are looking to redesign Apple’s M1 chip, which could allow it to be used in open source. Put simply, this would (in theory) make the M1 chip compatible with other operating systems such as Windows 11 and Linux.
Reported by Wccftech, a number of researchers and practitioners have worked hard to think in and out of Apple’s silicon, with Apple QuickTime developer Maynard Handley posting a 350-page document online describing the M1 chip and reverse engineering so far. .
A possible and successful result will show that it is possible to make M1 compatible with operating systems other than macOS. However, we don’t know when (or if) the project will bear fruit, as the M1.
Therefore, one can wait some time before knowing for sure whether Apple’s M1 chip can be made compatible with Windows and others. Of course, the project will also involve countless hours of trial and error, obstacles to progress, and other hassles that come with the complex reverse construction process.
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The M1 chip remains locked and locked by Apple and will obviously be exclusive to macOS devices in the future. While this has an obvious advantage for the company itself, it’s a shame that the M1’s impressive power won’t be available to the vast majority of PC users.
Apple is very unlikely to give the green light to open source versions of its M1 silicon, meaning the so-called M1 exploration process is likely to remain a passionate project more than anything else. However, we would very much like to have the opportunity to open an open source M1 and, if possible, consumers can report interest directly to Apple.
We can also look at this reverse engineering project as proof of concept for future Apple chips, such as the upcoming M1X and 2022s M2, which are rumored to debut in the revised MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, respectively. Apple is quite infamous when it comes to keeping its toys to itself when it comes to hardware and software. Therefore, Apple could double up making future chips even more difficult to reverse.