X-Plane is the most powerful and accurate flight simulator available for personal computers, but it doesn’t just run on Windows; the version of X-Plane sold here at X-Plane.com runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. In fact, X-Plane is developed primarily on Macs.
In the past, we’ve called the Mac our secret weapon. Here’s what owner and developer Austin Meyer has to say about it:
People ask me all the time: “Austin, how can you compete with bigger companies? You cannot possibly stay in the flight sim business! You will be out of business by the end of the year!” (Never mind that they have been saying that since X-Plane was introduced in 1994!)
Part of the answer to that question is that I have a secret weapon that helps me develop X-Plane at a much faster rate than any would-be competitors. While other teams are struggling to keep their organization and computers working, I and my team are able to work quickly and freely with no computer glitches holding us back, unlike almost everyone else using computers today.
Naturally, I can not tell you what this secret weapon is, because I do not want to give away my competitive advantage!
The bottom line: X-Plane 10 Global is 100% compatible with Macs. You’ll need an Intel Mac (any Mac made since August 2006) and OS X version 10.5 or later. To find out if you have an Intel processor, and to check which version of Mac OS you’re using, follow the instructions from Apple.