Third-Party iOS Apps Crash After Syncing with M1 Macs

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It stands to reason that any time you are releasing new technology, you’re going to have some bumps in the road. The question is whether these bumps are insurmountable or whether they can be quickly overcome. This is the question many are asking when their third-party iOS apps on their iPhones and iPads are crashing after syncing with one of Apple’s new M1 Macs.

User Reports of Third-Party Apps Crashing

M1 Macs are the first machines Apple has released using its new Silicon chips, its first produced in-house. This includes the new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. Again, the question is whether this will be a problem that can be quickly fixed.

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Reports of this issue started popping up late last year, shortly after Apple released the first M1 Macs. Users reported that third-party iOS apps stopped working after they synced their iPhone or iPad with their new M1 Mac when using Finder.

As soon as the apps are opened, they quickly close, reported one user. Additionally, the apps can’t be updated, and new ones can’t be installed from the App Store.

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Another user reported that he was able to make the apps work again. The method used was to connect the iOS device with an older Mac still running macOS Catalina.

Diagnosing the Issue

Since the M1 Macs ship with macOS Big Sur, it’s unknown at this point what would happen on an M1 with macOS Catalina or any other older OS, as until now, no one really had much of a reason to downgrade the OS.

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Regardless, the M1 Macs with Big Sur have the issue with the iOS apps. If you have an M1 Mac, until the exact issue is known, it’s best not to sync your iOS devices.

Hopefully, Apple will be providing a fix, either in a Big Sur update, an iOS update, or by fixing the M1 Macs, if it ends up being a hardware issue.

Are you one of these users? If so, let us know!

Read on to learn about the test that showed an M1 Mac could run Windows 10 faster than a Surface Pro X.

Image Credit: Apple Newsroom

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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