Apple recently released some set of computers all powered by its own Apple Silicon chipset dubbed the M1 and it’s made a lot of headlines lately due to its performance and all the love it could rake in from Apple product fans and everyone around the globe but there is more to that which includes the chipset’s ability to run Windows 10 OS much faster than Microsoft devices which is a funny thing if you ask me but the good thing is its ability to also run the same applications used on both iPhone and iPad.
While that is a good news, not every applications have this ability just yet because it demands developers activating whether to have their app supporting the Apple’s multi-platform devices or just made for either the iOS or iPadOS. So with that said, developers basically have to just optimize their applications to make it compatible with the M1 processor.
So if somehow you have an application that supports this multi-platform system, then this short guide is for yo which narrates how to install an iPhone/iPad any Macbook Air, Macbook Pro or Mac Mini powered by the M1 chipset.
Option 1: Use the Mac App Store Search
The journey of installing any software on your Mac device is by heading to the Mac App store right? That is where the search feature comes in and with that, you can search whatever application you want to install on your computer.
Remember that the query result by default will output applications that are for MacOS which mean you need to always click on iPhone and iPad Apps at the top of the result which will auto filter the result for you.
Option 2: Use your iPhone/iPad downloaded app list
The second option you have is to install an application which you’ve previously downloaded on your iPhone or iPad (some of which are definitely going to be available in the search result page) just in case you were searching for the exact application which you already have on your smartphone.
With that said, open the Mac App Store and then click on your name which will then open up a list of the previously downloaded applications (free/paid). Basically whatever application downloaded or purchased on your Apple ID. Then click on the iPhone & iPad Apps which allows you to switch the views to apps which you’ve installed on your mobile devices (iPad/iPhone).
If you’re like me, you’ll probably be welcome by a waterfall of applications and to make matters worst, this feature doesn’t have a search feature just yet so you’ll have to look manually through the list to find the application you want to use on both your Mac computer. But the good thing here is that the list are in chronological order so the most recent is always at the top – bet you understand what I’m trying to say.
In case you couldn’t find the app on the App Store
Then this option 3 might be for you and this isn’t official so this might lead to an application not working or probably having a negative effect on your computer in the future…hopefully not. So proceed with caution.
- Download and then install the iMazing application. It’s a paid application with free trial which you can use for this test.
- Connect the application with your iPhone/iPad from your Mac computer and then approve the prompt as well as skip the backup option when prompted.
- Next is to click on the device name on the left side of the window which reveals a list of options for you to pick from.
- From there, you can select application and hold on until all the apps on your mobile device are loaded.
- Then click on the Manage Apps right at the bottom of the iMazing window and enter your Apple ID if asked.
- Next is to click on the Library at the top of the list of apps you have installed on your mobile device.
- Then surf through the list and then download whatever application you want on your Mac computer.
- After the download is completed, right click on the app in the list and select Export IPA.
- Select the location you want to have the IPA file saved when the Finder window opens and then click on Save.
- Lastly, double-click on the IPA file wherever you’ve downloaded it and then allow Mac to install the application which will then be added straight to the Application folder.
Afterward, you can then open the application and use it the same way you do any Mac application. The process is actually straightforward unless my short guide is a bit complicated for you to comprehend.
You can use it to install applications like Instagram which is mobile-only and in case you have any issue with any of the three guides above, do feel free to comment and let the community attend to it.