macOS Catalina Test Run On iPad Pro

Many dreaming of a combination of Mac and iPad one day could get a bit of hope from a recent video showing a macOS Catalina running an Apple tablet.

Except here, there are some very important caveats. The A12Z cpu in the iPad has not been ported to the operating system. Instead, an app called UTM that utilizes x86 emulation is running on the device. In other words, the tablet only pretends to have an Intel processor so that it can run compiled applications for Intel chips.

This just isn’t new. Anyone with a bit of technical experience will use UTM on an Apple tablet to run Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (or an earlier version). The only distinction is that the YouTube video of Yevgen Yakovliev uploaded on Wednesday is an iPad running macOS Catalina, which UTM has not previously sponsored.

It’s incredibly sluggish as well. It takes nearly 6 minutes to boot up. Nobody would argue that this is a realistic means of putting macOS on an iPad.

Some people want a tablet with a Mac. An Apple laptop with a touchscreen is what others would want. All these parties hope to run MacOS on an iPad. This dream is not unlikely.

MacOS 11 Big Sur is operated by Apple Silicon. The iPadOS does so. One uses processors from the M-series and the other from the A-series, but they are close enough that porting Big Sur to the iPad is technically feasible.

If future Apple tablets lose A-series chips in favour of M-series ones, the process will get much simpler, as has been speculated.