Amazon introduced macOS to its AWS cloud for the first time. The new Mac mini instances will be available on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), allowing developers to create applications for iPhone, iPad, Mac, etc. on AWS.
Amazon’s introduction of macOS instances is of great significance to developers. They now have a large cloud provider, which will allow them to run Xcode and Swift development tools in the cloud without having to maintain and patch dedicated Mac machines.
Amazon has not announced pricing, but it is expected that the company will reveal more information at today’s re: Invent event.
Amazon is using Apple’s Intel-based Mac mini computer as its cloud version of macOS. Each Mac mini is equipped with Intel’s 8th-generation Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM, and developers will be able to choose between macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina-Big Sur support will be provided soon. Amazon also plans to provide equipment that supports M1 in 2021.
Mac instances will be available today in the US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS regions.
Although developers used to turn to companies like Macstadium to host macOS instances, Apple’s macOS license agreement has always been a gray area.
Apple recently updated Big Sur’s license agreement to make this clearer. Now, as long as “at least twenty-four (24) consecutive hours”, Apple software and hardware can be leased to individuals or organizations to obtain permitted developer services.
Amazon complies with this 24-hour limit, which means that instances cannot be used as part of an Auto Scaling group. However, Amazon will allow developers to pay for the use of macOS machines at an on-demand price.