A number of researchers and specialists have been working tirelessly to reverse-engineer Apple’s M1 microprocessor in order to make it available for usage as open-source software.
For the uninitiated, this would mean that the M1 chip would be able to work with various operating systems such as Windows 11 and Linux (in theory).
Many professionals and academics have been working on the ins and outs of Apple’s silicon, according to Wccftech, including Maynard Handley, a former QuickTime developer for Apple who recently published a 350-page paper online about the M1 chip and the reverse-engineering process that has taken place so far.
Finally, a good outcome would demonstrate that the M1 can be utilised with different operating systems as a result of the process.
However, we do not know when (or if) the initiative will bear fruit because the M1 Exploration document, which is currently at version 0.70, is still in the early stages of development. Consequently, keep an eye on it for a while; I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple’s M1 chip can be engineered to work with other operating systems such as Windows.
It goes without saying that the project will require several hours of trial and error, as well as challenges and disappointments involved with the time-consuming and complicated process of reverse engineering.
If the M1 was capable of doing it, there is no reason why the M1 shouldn’t be as well.
Apple is keeping the M1 processor under wraps for the time being, and it will only emerge on macOS computers from this point forward.
While this is beneficial to the corporation in some ways, it is a shame that the enormous computational capability of the M1 will not be available to the majority of PC customers.
In the absence of Apple’s permission to provide open-source copies of its M1 silicon, the so-called M1 Exploration process will almost definitely remain a recreational activity rather than a serious endeavour.
However, we would be overjoyed if an open-source M1 were to become a reality, and we would welcome any feedback from consumers on the subject. If this reverse-engineering effort is successful, we may be able to have clients immediately fill out an interest form for Apple.
Apple is well-known for keeping its hardware and software toys to itself, and this is true in both hardware and software. Therefore, Apple may decide to go much further and make future chips even more difficult to reverse engineer as a result of this.