This week Apple rolled out a server-side locking mechanism to prevent Mac M1 owners from sideloading iOS apps that weren’t made available on the Mac by iOS app developers.
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As noted by 9to5Mac, it is no longer possible to use third-party apps like iMazing to get an app .ipa file to install it on a Mac M1, a workaround available since the launch of the M1 Macs.
Attempting to sideload an app using the previously working method now results in an error saying “This application cannot be installed because the developer did not intend to run it on this platform”.
App developers have the option to make their iPhone and iPad apps available on the M1 Macs, but they can also choose not to. Popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Instagram, and others have chosen not to make their iOS apps available on the M1 Macs and previously it was possible to install and use them with apps like iMazing or Apple Configurator 2, but that’s it.
- According to this source Sideloading iOS apps is no longer possible on M1 Macs
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