Ap­ple open sources ker­nel of iOS and macOS for ARM pro­ces­sors

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Ap­ple has open sourced the ker­nel code of the lat­est macOS X and iOS up­dates. The com­pany al­ways shares the ker­nels of macOS and iOS on GitHub, but it has this time en­abled the ex­pe­ri­ence for ARM chips.

One of the rea­sons why Ap­ple open sources a por­tion of macOS and iOS each year is be­cause of its in­di­rect de­pen­dence on the BSD project. There is no way to let devel­op­ers use the open source code­base pub­lished by Ap­ple to com­pile their own OS. How­ever, the ker­nel guides coders to be­gin with macOS and iOS ker­nels.

No­tably, the ARM-based source code of Ap­ple’s ker­nel doesn’t mean much but gives Ap­ple a way to give back to the open source com­mu­nity. Some open source ex­perts are pre­dict­ing that the iPhone maker could be work­ing on a ver­sion of macOS that runs on ARM chips.

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