VNC Server - Native M1 version planned?

Bought a new Mac Mine with the Apple M1 chip, and VNC server is running via Rosetta, also reporting wrong OS version. Is there a native version planned?

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    Hi Dmitri,

    Native M1 versions of VNC Viewer and VNC Server are on our product roadmap. Unfortunately we don't have any ETA to share at this time.

    Thanks for your interest in VNC Connect!

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  • In the meantime, is there consideration to allow VNC Viewer for iOS in the Mac App Store? It seems this has been disabled to restrict to only iOS. It would be an easy workaround until a Mac only version is available for Apple Silicon.

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  • Hi Sam,

    Our iOS app is optimised for touch screen usage. Are you experiencing issues running the x86/64 versions of VNC Viewer and VNC Server on your M1 Mac?

    Thanks,

    Jack N

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  • Any updates on an ETA for this?  I'm getting very frequent "out of application memory" messages.  I'm attempting to replace as many of my Intel apps running under rosetta2 with native versions, when available.

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  • Our iOS app is optimised for touch screen usage.

    That makes sense, but given there is no current ARM workaround presently, it would be nice if it was at least offered with a caveat that the UI needs work. Something is better than nothing, right now.

    Are you experiencing issues running the x86/64 versions of VNC Viewer and VNC Server on your M1 Mac?

    Yes, many. I had to switch to something else as it was too problematic. It doesn't sound like an ARM version is a particularly high priority as it's been well over a year. I get that the transition period is rough, but it's very disappointing to see this doesn't appear to be a focus for RealVNC 16 months in.

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  • Hi Sam,

    I'm sorry to hear you're having issues with the current version. What issues are you seeing, and are you receiving any particular errors?

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  • I am using VNC server on two mac minis - one with intel and one with M1 CPU, and both work without an issue. 

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  • The priority for a native Apple Silicon/Universal viewer and server needs to be increased.  Experiencing excessive battery drain from my MBA M1.

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  • Hi Eric,

    Thanks for your message. We haven't seen this on our internal M1 machines. Would it be possible for you to share a screenshot via a ticket (https://help.realvnc.com/hc/en-us/requests/new) of Activity Monitor on your Mac showing VNC's usage so I can pass this on to the team?

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/activity-monitor/actmntr43697/mac

    Thanks,

    Jack

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  • Paying customer here for a long time... I appreciate that you all test your amd64 build on your own M1 machines. Of course, none of us want our laptop to be running Rosetta when we don't need it to. Especially a piece of software like the Viewer which is gonna be on for long periods of time often on battery.

    Two years is absolutely unacceptable to not have an M1 build out. Apple has ZERO plans to support x86 going forward. How long do you plan on waiting here? This prioritization is a terrible decision by your Product Manager.  Seriously... Even if the entire thing was coded in x86 assembly you all should have this out now. And what happens when the M-series MacPro arrives. Do I need to run Rosetta to run your server.    Heck - the Dropbox CEO had to apologize for their M1 release taking so long.. and it's finally out as of two months ago. Do all these young dev's just not know how to port to arm? It's still little endian. Try porting to big endian.

    If I don't see an M1 build soon - I'll be finding other solutions.

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  • I switched to TeamViewer, they released a native version two years ago (and it works great for me).

    https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/apple-silicon-support/

    Apple is nearly done with the Mac’s transition, they initially anticipated it by end of this year and some expect it will be complete by WWDC later this spring. Very peculiar there doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency to port this over on realvnc’s part.

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  • Thanks for this suggestion.  I'll be taking a look at TeamViewer tomorrow.  With one exception, every other piece of serious software I use has a native/universal binary.  The fact that RealVNC is so far behind on this is frustrating. :( 

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  • I have also had a subpar experience on my M1 mac mini (vnc server)...really hope they have native arm code out soon.

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