Photoshop gains native support for Apple’s M1 Macs

March 11, 2021

Gains significant performance boosts.

Since the launch of Apple’s M1-based Macs late last year, developers have been working hard on making their apps run natively on ARM-based devices. Released as a beta last year, Adobe is now rolling out the full version of Photoshop that runs natively on the M1 Macs, and boasts a lot of performance gains with many users now saying the app notably launches faster.

Adobe also said that the test shows that Photoshop completes tasks about 1.5 times faster when compared to its Intel counterpart. “These great performance improvements are just the beginning, and we will continue to work together with Apple to further optimize performance over time. We think our customers using these new Macs will love the difference, too,” said Pam Clark from Adobe in a blog post.

That being said, a couple of features are still being ported and aren’t available to M1 users at the moment – this includes Invite to Edit Cloud Documents and Preset Syncing. But Adobe was so impressed with the faster performance of Photoshop that they decided to roll it out to M1 Mac users. Adobe did say that in case you need the missing features, you have the option to switch back to Rosetta 2 and run the non-M1 version of Photoshop to use it.

Additionally, new features on Photoshop for iPad are also being made available: Cloud Documents Version History and Making Cloud Documents Available Offline. This offers more flexibility on the work that you do on the app, allowing you to access previous works for up to 60 days old and even be able to work on your projects even when an internet connection is not available.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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