Amazon brings Apple’s MacOS to cloud

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The US-based multinational technology company, Amazon’s cloud unit Amazon Web Services (AWS) stated that the company will operate Apple’s macOS on its cloud service for the first time, enabling software developers to obtain the operating system on demand for Apple devices.

The cloud unit said that the service known as Mac instances of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) will operate on Mac mini computers and also it assists developers to create applications for Apple TV, iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Mac and Safari.

Amazon previously granted the EC2 instance service for operating systems such as Windows and Linux. Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it will utilize the version of Mac mini computers with Intel’s eighth-generation 3.2GHz Core i7 processors for EC2 Mac instances.

David Brown, Vice president of EC2 at AWS said, “With EC2 Mac instances, developers can … focus on creating groundbreaking apps for Apple’s industry-leading platforms, rather than procuring and managing the underlying infrastructure.”

AWS added that cloud support for gadgets with Apple’s new M1 chip is in the development stage, and its launching is planned to be held in 2021. The cloud unit had recently faced a broad outage and it has affected users varying from websites to apps providers. It had also affected the capability to post updates to its service health dashboard, the tech giant said.

According to their tweets, video-streaming software like Roku developer and Adobe’s Spark platform, video-hosting website Flickr and the Baltimore Sun newspaper were among those who were affected by the blackout.

“Kinesis has been experiencing increased error rates this morning in our US-East-1 Region that’s impacted some other AWS services. We are working toward a resolution,” an AWS spokesperson commented in a statement.  Amazon Kinesis, a part of its cloud offerings, gathers, processes, and reviews real-time data and provides insights.