We're not quite ready to make any announcements for or against this yet.
> "Obviously this would require complete emulation of Intel processors by Apple Silicon code, which is ARM-based. "
Only if we wanted to emulate x86 instructions, which is not the same as virtualization. We have to rebuild our monitor (low-level hypervisor code) to 'speak arm', not 'translate x86', quite different beasts.
That said, if it were to happen, it would be HIGHLY unlikely to support iPads because they lack virtualization features in the CPU, and I don't have any sense that this will change.
Finally, there is no way to acquire a Windows for ARM license outside of being an OEM, so that won't really help users until that changes. Maybe it will, maybe not, but it's certainly not the case today.
Thanks for the reality check!
Probably easier to run a macOS guest... but iPad is a different animal than desktop OSs, and will probably stay that way.