L3Harris Geospatial product support for the Apple Silicon (ARM-based) macOS platform

Apple has announced that it will manufacture ARM-based Apple Silicon macOS computers that are expected to be gradually introduced into their product line beginning in late 2020.
L3Harris Geospatial is looking into the details around providing compatible software for this new platform, Mac ARM. We believe that we are in the same situation as most other software vendors who support Mac, where such an effort will not likely be a trivial. IDL (and ENVI) for Linux/Mac (x86_64) also relies on other libraries such as the MOTIF widgets and OpenGL graphics, further complicating the matter.
At the moment there is not much more we can say. We do think it will take time for the Apple software developers to release on this new platform so we don’t expect a rapid transition to ARM. However, our ongoing investigation on the Apple Developer Test Kit platform should greatly help our understanding of the situation. 
(This article will be updated when we have more information on this topic.)



Written 11/13/2020 JU , Reviewed MM

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