This article applies to macOS customers using Apple M1 Chip systems.
What are M1 Silicon computers?
Apple has released M1 Chip (ARM) equipped computers, which bring significant architecture changes (known as Apple Silicon). Among them, these devices will run (at minimum) macOS11 Big Sur, and handle tasks differently than previous Apple systems.
Those hardware and OS changes also modify how software works on these devices, which requires developers to transition their apps to “Universal versions”.
Compatibility and installation steps
Apple offers a way for users to run applications that are not native to M1 chips, by using their new translation feature called “Rosetta 2”.
Sophos Home is currently almost 100% native on M1 chips, please see: Mac 10.1.4 - Sept 22, 2021
Steps related to how to install Sophos Home on M1 devices
Support for macOS 11 - Big Sur
- When installing Sophos Home for the first time, users will be required to install Rosetta in order to handle the few components that are still transitioning to native M1 mode. Once the product is 100% native, this requirement will be removed -
- Webcam protection will display “Camera Active”, even when no camera actions are being performed if running macOS 11 Big Sur.
- Webcam protection will not trigger an alert if using macOS 12, Monterey.
- In some cases, users may see a message stating “Using Significant Energy: "Sophos Scan"” this could occur during scans.