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Bringing an Apple/Mac Laptop

Updated Feb 23, 2023 Notice:

M1/Pro/Max, M2 Processor Compatibility:

We recommend against using an M1 or M2 Mac at this time.  

Apple has transitioned from Intel to ARM-based M1 processors. While M1/M2 MacBooks exhibit high performance running software designed for MacOS, there are compatibility issues with many Windows applications, including some necessary engineering applications. 

Engineering Student Support (SWAT) may be limited in the support they can provide, if you chose to go against the recommendation. 

  • M1/M2 Processor - If you still intend to use an M1/M2-based mac, you may attempt to run Windows for ARM processors.  To do so you will need to:
    1. Purchase windows emulation/compatibility software such as Parallels Desktop 17/18 from a vendor outside the university. Some versions of Parallels only offer the ability to use 8GB of RAM for Windows, which will not meet the requirement. Bootcamp does not function on M1 Macs.
    2. Accept the risks that some required engineering software may not function and that you may need to find other methods to complete required coursework.

  • Intel Processors - SWAT can help with Apple Bootcamp and Windows installation and issues on Intel-based MacBooks. 

  • MacBook Requirements - Apple MacBooks must meet all of the same requirements as a Windows PC. Older Intel MacBook's do not meet the requirement as of Fall 2023.

  • Software Installation - Software is available from Network Software after the Undergraduate Bundle is purchased. 

  • Student Software Support SWAT cannot guarantee support for M1/M2-based MacBooks.