Bringing an Apple/Mac Laptop
Updated June 21, 2022 Notice:
M1/Pro/Max, M2 Processor Compatibility:
We recommend against using an M1 or M2 Mac at this time.
Apple is several years into a transition from Intel Processors to ARM-based M1 processors. While M1 MacBooks exhibit high performance running software designed for MacOS, there are unfortunately compatibility issues with many Windows applications, including some required engineering applications. We have not received a demo unit to test the M2 yet, but expect the same incompatibilities as the M1
Engineering Student Support (Swat) may be limited in the support they can provide, if you chose to go against the recommendation.
- M1 Processor - If you still intend to use an M1-based mac, you may attempt to run Windows for ARM processors. To do so you will need to:
- Purchase windows emulation/compatibility software such as Parallels Desktop 17 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.
- Purchase a Windows Virtualization Add-on License from the university to augment (not included) your software bundle, allowing you to legally download and install Windows for ARM processors. (Must be renewed yearly for a fee)
- 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 - You may be able to purchase an older MacBook with a 10th-gen Intel Processor. These can be used with Apple Bootcamp for complete compatibility with Windows for Intel. 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. This includes some models of MacBook/MacBook Pro with a 10th-gen Intel processor. Older MacBook's do not meet the requirement.
- Software Installation - Software is available from Network Software after the Undergraduate Bundle is purchased.
- Student Software Support - SWAT cannot guarantee support for M1-based MacBooks.