In the summer of 2021, Apple announced the start of a two-year plan to move all Macs off the Intel processor platform and develop the CPU architecture in-house as 'Apple Silicon'.
Customers are wondering if the supported versions of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac will run on Apple Silicon CPUs and if there are any problems with that.
Fifteen years ago, Apple moved away from Motorola PowerPC processors in favor of Intel. There were concerns about programs designed for the Motorola processor if they would still run on the Intel processor. For the most part, they would run, due to an instructions translator called 'Rosetta', at least until developers rewrote their software for Intel instructions.
The same concerns are valid now that Apple is moving away from the Intel instructions set to Apple Silicon with the new M1 and later processors.
Autodesk currently supports AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac for 2019 through 2022 editions and later, on Apple Silicon, as long as all available updates are applied and the system requirements are met for each edition.
- Recommended: Apple Mac® models supporting Metal Graphics Engine
- Apple Mac models with M series chip are supported under Rosetta 2 mode.
For reference, from Apple:
After installing Rosetta, it is available to any other apps that need it, so you will not be asked to install it again. If you choose not to install Rosetta now, you will be asked again the next time you open an app that requires Rosetta.
Also, for reference, Boot Camp is not available for Mac models with the M Series chip. But the virtual machine applications like Parallels and VMWare Fusion are available to run Windows versions of Autodesk products on Macs with Apple Silicon.
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