2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 15, 2020 12:43 PM by BobFillmore

    VMWare Fusion for Apple Silicon?

    BobFillmore Novice

      Apple has announced that they are creating their own desktop-class processors... Apple Silicon, to replace Intel processors in 2021.  Any plans for VMWare Fusion to run on Apple Silicon?  Obviously this would require complete emulation of Intel processors by Apple Silicon code, which is ARM-based.   This would have an additional benefit of potentially allowing Windows to run on an iPad... new iPads are very capable.

        • 1. Re: VMWare Fusion for Apple Silicon?
          Mikero Master
          VMware Employees

          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.

          • 2. Re: VMWare Fusion for Apple Silicon?
            BobFillmore Novice

            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.