macOS 11.3 may remove Rosetta from M1 Macs in certain regions

Rosetta 2
Rosetta 2 (Image credit: MacRumors)

What you need to know

  • Apple may remove Rosetta 2 from M1 Macs in certain regions with macOS 11.3.
  • It is unclear why and what countries will be impacted.

Rosetta, the translator that allows Intel-based apps to run on M1 Macs, may be removed from Apple Silicon-based Macs in certain regions around the world with the release of macOS Big Sur 11.3.

As reported by MacRumors, the third developer beta of macOS 11.3 contains language in the code saying that "Rosetta will be removed upon installing this update" and "Rosetta is no longer available in this region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer run." The code does not explain which regions may be impacted by the change.

MacRumors contributor Steve Moser noticed the new language when digging into the code of the macOS 11.3 developer beta:

"Apple is removing Rosetta from Macs during updates in certain countries in Mac 11.3 beta 3. Maybe this is due to legal issues? "Rosetta will be removed upon installing this update" "Rosetta is no longer available in your region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer run"

The outlet points out that legal or copyright issues could be the reason for Apple removing the software from M1 Macs in certain countries.

It's unclear why macOS 11.3 might remove Rosetta 2 on M1 Macs in some regions, but perhaps there are legal or copyright reasons involved. Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but we'll provide an update if we hear back.

It is currently unclear when macOS 11.3 will be available to the public, or what countries this change may impact.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.