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The transition to Apple Silicon is fantastic thus far. Having been an Apple user since 2004, this is my second processor change, and this transition is going exceptionally well. My M1 Apple MacBook Air is my favorite Mac of all time. For the enterprise market, Apple Silicon is bringing many beneficial factors, but one of the more underrated ones is iOS apps running on macOS.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT network since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.


Running iOS apps on macOS is not something I’d cared about previously. Still, once Apple announced it would be a feature of macOS on Apple Silicon, I started thinking through what sorts of benefits that enterprise customers would see by having a new option to load iOS apps on their macOS deployments.

Simplified SaaS apps

One of the key reasons enterprises will want to consider deploying Apple Silicon Macs in the short term over Intel counterparts is deploying simplified SaaS apps that might not be available on Intel.

I am specifically thinking about apps that are used for payroll and expense submission. Many of these apps have native iOS apps but have lacked native macOS apps, and the recommended path was to work on the web. From a training perspective, employees had to be trained to work in two separate places. By moving to the iOS apps, employees can have a native experience on both macOS and iOS. I know for the credit card receipt submission app that I have to use doesn’t support drag and drop on the web, so it’s nice to have native iOS controls on my Apple Silicon Mac.

Another option will be company CRM tools. If an employee prefers the iPad version, they’ll get that same experience on macOS.

Native training tools

Many companies have turned to Learning Management Solutions for employee training. Developing the LMS requires two approaches: How does it work on mobile, and how does it work on the web?

By deploying the iOS app to all of their macOS and iOS devices, there will be a single portal for all company training. If the iOS device supports offline downloads, a macOS can now take advantage of that so employees could catch up on training while on a plane without Wi-Fi (or Wi-Fi fast enough for video).

What’s next?

We’re just getting started with running iOS apps on the Mac, but these are the two categories that immediately come to mind. In the future, we won’t even think about running iOS apps on macOS, though. We’ll be running a single business app that runs on all our devices in much the same manner. From a training and troubleshooting perspective, providing a unified experience across all types of devices will be great for IT departments.

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