The Mac admin’s guide to Rosetta 2

The Mac admin’s guide to Rosetta 2

What is Rosetta 2?

A Mac admin configuring an M1 powered Mac
A Mac admin configuring an M1 powered Mac

What does Rosetta 2 do?

A little backstory on the Rosetta series

What apps require Rosetta 2 to run?

What software is Rosetta 2 unable to translate?

A developer working on updating Mac app to the universal builds
A developer working on updating Mac app to the universal builds

How do I check if an installed Mac app requires Rosetta 2 to run?

How to install Rosetta 2 on Apple M1 Macs?

  • When a user tries to open an app that hasn’t been updated to the universal build.
  • When a user tries to install an app or package that hasn’t been updated to the universal build.
Apple silicon Macs in the enterprise
Apple silicon Macs in the enterprise
  • /usr/sbin/softwareupdate -install-rosetta
  • /usr/sbin/softwareupdate -install-rosetta -agree-to-license
  • If you are enrolling the ARM-based macOS devices directly from the UEM portal, the end-user will be prompted to install Rosetta 2 on the first launch of the UEM app.
  • However, if the device is enrolled in UEM via Automated Device Enrollment, then the UEM agent will be installed with the help of macOS setup assistant. In this case, the device fails to show a prompt to the end-used to install Rosetta 2, and the UEM agent app fails to run.

How will performance be impacted when using Rosetta?

Will Rosetta be a permanent software?

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