Category: M1

How to Play iPhone & iPad Games on Mac

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Have you ever wanted to play the iPhone or iPad games you own on your Mac? Perhaps, you just want to play one game of Among Us while you’re stuck at work? As long as you have a Mac that’s powered by Apple Silicon, you’re all set.

At this point, it’s no secret that the Apple ARM-powered Macs are capable of running iOS and iPadOS apps natively. What this means is that your favorite iPhone games are playable on your Mac too. Having said that, this particular functionality comes with a catch that we’ll talk about in a minute.

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Fix Apps Crashing on M1 Pro/Max Mac After Migration Assistant or Monterey Update

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Some M1 Mac users may discover that apps like Steam, Minecraft, Lightburn, 0ad, Atom, Skype and any other Rosetta applications are crashing or unable to launch.

This issue seems to happen most often after using Migration Assistant to setup a new Mac, but it can also happen to some Apple Silicon Macs that have downgraded from MacOS Monterey back to Big Sur, or even updated to MacOS Monterey from macOS Big Sur. A common example is something like this; having used Migration Assistant to setup a new M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro from a previous gen M1 MacBook Pro,…

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Mac Won’t Boot from Bootable Install Disk? This Might Be Why

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Trying to start a Mac from a boot disk but it’s not working? And you’re sure you created the boot drive properly? There may be a few different reasons for this.


Some of the later model Intel Macs have a security chip that offers the prevention of external boot media to be used to startup a Mac. If this setting is enabled on a Mac, the computer will not boot when a USB boot disk or other boot media is used.

Additionally, booting an M1 Mac from external boot disks is different from Intel Macs.

If you’re finding the ability to boot a Mac from an external boot…

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Fixing M1 Mac External Display Issues (Flickering Screen, White Noise, Black Screen, etc)

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Some M1 MacBook Pro, M1 MacBook Air, and M1 Mac Mini users have discovered display issues when using an external display connected to their M1 Mac. Typically the M1 Mac external display issues are either a flickering display, a display that won’t wake from sleep and where the screen stays black, or a white noise display visible after the Mac has woken from sleep, or after the display has slept or turned off and is attempted to be used by the Mac again.

If you’re experiencing external display issues with an M1 Mac, read on to learn about possible fixes and…

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How to Boot Apple Silicon M1 Mac to Recovery Mode

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Booting an Apple Silicon Mac into Recovery Mode is slightly different from booting into recovery on an Intel Mac. If you’re new to Apple Silicon Mac ownership, it can be helpful to understand how recovery mode works on the new Mac architecture.

For those who aren’t aware, macOS offers a handy recovery mode that may sometimes be necessary for various important troubleshooting measures like erasing and factory resetting the Mac, reinstalling macOS, backup restoration, etc. Until recently, the steps to enter recovery mode on Intel Macs was the same for all of…

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How to Boot in Safe Mode on Apple Silicon M1 Mac

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Having trouble booting up an Apple Silicon M1 Mac normally? Booting into Safe Mode can help troubleshoot issues on a Mac, and help to determine if a particular problem is software related, MacOS related, or even hardware related. If you have an Apple Silicon MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini however, you’ll find the process of booting into Safe Mode on M1 Macs is different from how it worked on Intel Macs.

Safe Mode makes it easy to boot your Mac while preventing installed software from starting up during the boot process. Rarely, a Mac may not boot…

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How to Force Restart M1 Mac

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Wondering how to perform some common troubleshooting tasks like force restarting an Apple Silicon M1 Mac? If you are an early adopter an Apple silicon MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini, you might be curious how some some tasks are different, since M1-powered Macs are based on a completely different chip architecture.

The good news is that the new Apple M1-powered Macs follow the same technique to force restart or hard reboot the device as the more recent outgoing Intel models. However, not everyone who got themselves a new M1 Mac is an existing macOS user…

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Downloading MacOS IPSW Files for Apple Silicon Macs

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The latest Apple Silicon Macs can use IPSW files to restore and revive Mac hardware, similar to how iPhone and iPad can use IPSW files for firmware updates and restores. Unsurprisingly, this means there are now Mac IPSW files for the Apple Silicon M1 Macs.

The usage of IPSW files is generally considered advanced, and with the Mac IPSW files this is particularly true because they’re a bit of a hassle to use for restoring and reviving Apple Silicon Macs. But more on that in a moment. If you’re wondering where you can download MacOS IPSW files from, you can get…

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How to Install Rosetta 2 on Apple Silicon Macs

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Rosetta 2 is necessary if you want to be able to run older non-native Intel x86 apps on new Apple Silicon Macs, like the M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Mac mini. Curiously, Rosetta 2 is not installed by default on these Macs however, so if you wish to run these apps you’ll need to install Rosetta 2 onto the Apple Silicon Mac yourself.

There are two ways to install Rosetta 2 onto an Apple Silicon Mac; using the Terminal, or by attempting to open a non-native x86 app which prompts an installer. You can use whichever method you’d like, as both will have the same…

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How to Run Homebrew & x86 Terminal Apps on M1 Macs

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If you’re one of the early adopters who acquired an M1 Apple Silicon Mac and find that Homebrew and many other x86 terminal apps don’t yet have support for the new Arm architecture, you’ll be happy to know there’s a fairly simple workaround.

The trick is to run a parallel Terminal application through Rosetta. And yes that means you’ll need to install Rosetta on the Apple Silicon Mac first, if you haven’t done so already.

How to Run x86 Homebrew & Terminal Apps on Apple Silicon Macs

Here’s the workaround until native support arrives:

  1. Locate the…

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