Adobe Photoshop now runs natively on M1 Macs

Adobe Photoshop in macOS Big Sur.

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After a multi-month beta period, software company Adobe has publicly released a version of its Photoshop image-editing software that runs natively on M1 Macs like the late-2020 models of the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro.

In a blog post announcing the release, Adobe’s Pam Clark claims that Photoshop will now run “significantly” faster on M1 Macs. Here’s a snippet:

Our internal tests show a wide range of features running an average of 1.5X the speed of similarly configured previous generation systems. Our tests covered a broad scope of activities, including opening and saving files, running filters, and compute-heavy operations like Content-Aware Fill and Select Subject, which all feel noticeably faster. Our early benchmarking also shows that some operations are substantially faster with the new chip.

Naturally, Adobe says it plans to continue optimizing and improving the Apple Silicon version of Photoshop. The blog post notes a couple features that didn’t make it to this initial public release for the architecture: “Invite to Edit Cloud Documents” and “Present Syncing.” There are a few others that aren’t named in the post, but the post does point out that they’re mostly features that were only recently added to other Photoshop builds.

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