It is a little known fact that when Apple demonstrated the first iPhone, the handset’s software was held together largely by smoke and mirrors. AppleInsider for example writes:

 It would play a section of a song or video, but would crash if a user tried to play the full clip. The apps that were demonstrated were incomplete, with no guarantee that they would not crash mid-demonstration. The team eventually decided on a “golden path” of specific tasks that Jobs could perform with little chance that the device would crash in the actual keynote.

With the release of the Apple M1 powered laptops Apple appeared to pull off another magical feat – an ARM-powered laptop which ran legacy x86 software better than an Intel processor.

All may not be what it seems, however. Twitter is currently full of people complaining about incompatible software, including reputable people such as analyst Patrick Moorhead.

It’s not just Microsoft’s software which does not play well with Big Sur on the new Macbook Pro.

Hardware- related software seems to have particular issues.

Lest you think only Moorhead was having issues.

In fact, a web service has opened tracking the compatibility of important Mac software and found around 40% had compatibility issues.

Also interestingly, in real life the Macbook’s are not living up to their 20-hour battery life claims

Of course, Apple is pretty famous for their ‘Fake it until you make it‘ confidence trick, and companies are falling over themselves to adapt their software to the new Apple Mi chip.

Unfortunately, by hiding the compatibility issues it will be the general public, rather than early adopters who will be taking the arrows normally reserved for brave pioneers.