Are all my typical apps available for Apple M1 Silicon?

My 2015 MacBook Pro has recently developed a slightly bulging battery, so while I’m slightly annoyed that this means it’s the premature end of the road for my 2015 MBP 5 years after I got it new, but 5 years is still I good run for a laptop.

Before I jump all in on an order for one of the new M1 MBPs, I’m curious whether the apps I typically use are available for the M1 cpu. It’s also worth keeping in mind that just as Apple used Rosetta to bridge the gap when they transitioned from PowerPC architecture to Intel, Rosetta 2 provides that same emulation bridge to run most x86 MacOS apps on M1 if there isn’t a native version.

OpenJDK

First up a Java JDK. I also just found this site which tells you if an app is available for M1, so I think this is going to be the quick answer for all my questions. Yes, Azul have an OpenJDK build for M1: https://doesitarm.com/app/openjdk/

Eclipse IDE

Yes – if installed via installer: https://doesitarm.com/app/eclipse-ide/

VS Code

Yes – native M1 builds since February: https://code.visualstudio.com/updates/v1_54#_apple-silicon

Docker

Yes – native build available since April: https://www.docker.com/blog/released-docker-desktop-for-mac-apple-silicon/

VirtualBox

Possibly one of the only apps that may not get ported to ARM since it only support x86 based VMs and doesn’t emulate other CPUs: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=98742 . Interestingly Parallels 17 does have an M1 ARM version, and implies it will run Windows 7+ and Linux VMs, so presumably they’re doing some x86 emulation. This might be worth a look: https://www.parallels.com/

Evernote

No native version, but x86 version runs under Rosetta 2: https://isapplesiliconready.com/app/Evernote

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