When Apple stops supporting Rosetta 2 on Apple silicon, all non-native programs will stop working. That will most likely take a few years, just as it did following the first Rosetta mission and the switch to Intel CPUs.
Developers have had a year from the initial shipments of Apple Silicon hardware, and considerably longer if you count the advancements Apple has made over the years thereafter, so if they haven’t yet generated native software, it’s time to ask how much you can rely on Mac support from them in the future.
AppleInsider gathered and monitored the growth of 100 prominent Mac apps in early 2021, a cross-section sampling of popular and noteworthy ones. You could never monitor every potential Mac software, but this snapshot covered such a narrow range that it might be used to gauge Apple’s progress with Apple Silicon.
It’s now more of a barometer of how many developers fail. Apple Silicon is so well-established that it’s difficult to recall a period when it wasn’t, or how large a step Apple was taking at the time. Apple Silicon is no longer a speculative future; it is a genuine future as well as a real present.
35 of our top 100 were not on Apple Silicon in March 2021. Something on the order of 29 still isn’t as of the end of October 2021. Yet something is telling in the fact that a precise number cannot be given. AppleInsider eventually put developers on the no-answer list if they failed to respond or if all they kept saying was that their program worked perfectly on Rosetta.
Those replies alone would lead you to believe that all corporations are aware of the necessity to make this change and that telling consumers they won’t is a sure method to slit their necks. As a result, they hedge and completely disregard lengthy debate threads on their help boards. Dropbox, for example, has been doing this since June and only announced that it will switch to native Apple Silicon following public outcry. Even yet, the business claims native support won’t be available until the first half of 2022.
Given that Tim Cook disclosed Apple’s two-year plan in June 2020, this suggests Dropbox will do so in the final six months of the transition time. Given that Dropbox has been a noticeable resource and energy drain under Rosetta, it’s difficult to argue that the corporation is worried about its Mac consumers.
Because there are businesses that claim to be doing just that. QuarkXPress has not announced any plans for Apple Silicon and does not appear to be planning to do it shortly, but its support staff has informed clients that it is on the way.
Evernote experienced a similar occurrence. Customers asked Apple Silicon on the different support discussion forums, just like they did Dropbox, and the company simply said they’d consider it. They hinted that if it’s that essential to you, we’ll examine it as a feature request.
That is, the support teams at Evernote and Dropbox have no idea what Apple Silicon is. Something is telling. If Dropbox continues to wait, Apple may provide a viable alternative. Apple’s iCloud has just lately emerged as a viable option for group file sharing, and it works best when all users are on Apple’s platform, but it works well and is a competitor.
The relocation to Apple Silicon Valley might provide an opportunity to investigate new and perhaps superior software and service options.