Amazon will equip its AWS cloud with macOS for the first time. New Mac mini instances will be found on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
This will allow developers to create apps for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more all on Amazon Web Services, an online software store.
The introduction of this proprietary graphical operating system by Amazon, macOS, is seen as an important development for the app and software developers. It will allow them to run Xcode and Swift development tools in the cloud. The prices for this has not yet been announced by Amazon. But it is expected to be revealed today at an event, re: Invent, of the company.
The company is using Apple’s Intel-powered Mac mini computers for its cloud version of macOS. Each Mac mini is equipped with Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM. It will allow developers to choose between macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina. Amazon may also provide M1-powered devices in 2021.
Mac instances can be used from today onwards in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS regions.
To host macOS instances previously, platforms like Macstadium have been used by the developers. It has always been difficult to get a license agreement from Apple to use macOS. By updating the licensing agreement for Big Sur, Apple recently made it more clear.
The individuals or organization can now avail of the permitted services by getting Apple software and hardware on the lease; especially for as long as it for a minimum of 24 consecutive hours.
Amazon is following this 24-hour restriction. It means instances can’t be availed as part of an Auto Scaling Group. The developers will be allowed to pay for the usages of its macOS machines.