More Than a M1ni Update
Blizzard’s latest World of Warcraft update came in the form of Patch 9.0.2, which went live earlier today.
In addition to class and trinket adjustments, the 4GB update has added support for Apple Silicon.
With many programs running into compatibility problems with macOS 11 Big Sur and the Apple M1 SoC, this is great news for those wanting to play World of Warcraft on their new M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini.
According to Blizzard’s community manager, who goes by ‘Kaivax’ on Blizzard’s community forums, the company wanted their latest World of Warcraft client to “run natively on ARM64 architecture, rather than under emulation via Rosetta.”
Kaivax added that, while they are pleased to have day one support for Apple Silicon, they are aware that day one support doesn’t always result in picture-perfect performance.
If Apple gamers run into any M1-related issues, they can report them over in their Mac Technical Support forum.
World of Warcraft Expands to the Shadowlands on November 23
This update comes six days ahead of the scheduled release of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands on November 23.
Originally slated to go live on October 27, 2020, Shadowlands will be World of Warcraft’s eighth expansion.
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