MacBook laptops with M1 processor support CrossOver 20 to run Windows applications
MacBook laptops with Apple’s M1 processor support CrossOver 20 to run some Windows applications. CrossOver is based on the open-source Wine project that enables users to run Windows applications on macOS and Linux. MacBook users will not have to install Windows to run these applications. This is great news for those who used Boot Camp to run Windows applications on Macs, as newer ARM-based MacBook models with M1 technology do not support Boot Camp. CodeWeavers, the team behind CrossOver shared that they were able to run CrossOver on Big Sur 11.1.
CodeWeavers developers were able to run CrossOver 20 on new MacBook laptops with M1 technology, allowing them to run a wide range of Windows applications, the firm announced in a blog post. They were also able to use the graphics performance of the M1-powered MacBook models to play games like Among Us and Team Fortress 2. The developers claim that these Apple Silicon-based MacBook laptops run CrossOver 20 brilliantly. They tested this on the cheapest Macbook Air with Big Sur 11.1 and installed CrossOver 20.0.2 on it.
Explaining how this emulation works, the developers said: “Imagine: an Intel 32-bit Windows binary, running on a 32-64 bridge in Wine / CrossOver on macOS, on an ARM CPU emulating x86.” Basically, CrossOver 20 uses Rosetta 2 technology that emulates Windows Intel binaries on macOS to emulate x86 binaries on the new ARM-based Mac laptop.
The gameplay of Team Fortress 2 shared by CodeWeavers shows some lag in gameplay and not the highest frame rate possible, but keep in mind that it runs on the entry-level MacBook Air that has no active cooling and is missing a GPU core.
It looks like CrossOver 20 will work with macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta, as it has some critical fixes for Rosetta 2.