Product Compatibility for Apple M1 Silicon Macs (Updated 11 January 2021)
Apple announced its M1 Silicon chip with ARM-based silicon processors that run in their new computers. This will allow users to cross-platform support of the macOS and iOS.
Software developed for Intel won’t run on the new chips, so software companies are scrambling to make their software compatible. Rosetta 2 is an option for some software. Read more about that below.
In addition, the new Mac runs macOS 11 Big Sur only, so products will also need compatibility with Big Sur. See our macOS Big Sur Compatibility list.
Rosetta 2 Translation Environment
Rosetta 2 is a translation tool, or emulator, that will allow users to run old Intel software on the new Silicon machines. Apple Developer explains, “Rosetta is meant to ease the transition to Apple silicon, giving you time to create a universal binary for your app. It is not a substitute for creating a native version of your app”.
If you are a Toolfarm Vendor, please let us know if your software is compatible or not compatible. Thank you!
M1 Silicon/Rosetta 2 Compatibility
= Compatible | = Not Compatible | = Support with Rosetta 2
Adobe has said that Photoshop support will be coming in the first part of 2021. They are not yet officially supported on Rosetta 2.
New: Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Apple M1 Systems
New builds with M1 support are available as of Monday, 21 December 2020.
Beta version: Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, Audition
Release Date: 21 December 2020
M1 compatible Adobe products
- Lightroom 4.1+
- Audition (Beta)
- Premiere Pro (Beta)
- Premiere Rush (Beta)
- Photoshop (Beta)
Products that run under Rosetta 2
- After Effects
- Character Animator
The following products ARE compatible:
- Final Cut Pro 10.5
- Motion 5.5
- Compressor 4.5
- Pro Video Formats 2.2
- GarageBand 10.4
- Logic Pro 10.6
- Logic Remote 1.5
- MainStage 3.5
No Avid products are currently supported on the M1 Processor. More information. Word on the streets is that they are working on a native version for M1 Silicon now.
- Maya will run under Rosetta 2 but is not M1 optimized.
- Fusion 360 will run under Rosetta 2 but is not M1 optimized.
- AutoCAD not supported
Blackmagic Design Updated
Resolve 17 is in beta now and the software adds universal app support for Macs running Apple M1 processors and is compatible with Mac OS Big Sur. Resolve 17.1 beta is now available.
Blackmagic Speed Disk Test 3.3+ is good to go with Silicon Macs.
Blue Cat Audio
They’re still working on updates for native Apple Silicon support, but report that “existing Intel versions of the plug-ins should run on Apple’s new ARM-based Macs via the Rosetta 2 translator.” More information.
Digital Anarchy Updated
DA has beta builds that work on Intel and Apple Silicon.
- Beauty Box Video 4 FCP Beta Build only for computers with Apple M1 Chip (1.5mb)
- Flicker Free 2.1 FCP Beta Build only for Apple M1 Chip (1.5 mb)
All FabFilter plugins now support Silicon natively! Read more.
FxFactory and FxPacks New
FxFactory has a huge list of FxPacks that are compatible with M1 Silicon Macs. View the list here.
Image Line Software FL Studio
Version 20.8RC is reporting crashes and issues on the M1 processor. This version is running under Rosetta 2 though, and users can get early access to FL studio 20.8 here.
iLok currently works with Apple Silicon systems under Rosetta 2. In 2021, iLok plans to release a universal binary version that will run natively under Apple Silicon.
“All iZotope products will require an update to be compatible with the new hardware. We’d recommend waiting for official compatibility before installing.” Learn more.
Cinema 4D is ready for the new M1 Macs with R23 SP1+! Cinebench is also available for both Big Sur and the new Macs.
McNeel Rhino 3D
Rhino 7 NOT compatible with M1 and will NOT run under Rosetta 2. For now, if you’re a Rhino user, don’t buy an M1 Mac. Read more
No. Rendergarden requires FFmpeg, not supported on M1 Silicon.
PreSonus Support for Apple M1 Mac’s will be available in early 2021. They say, “We do not recommend Apple Silicon-based Macs for use with any PreSonus interfaces, mixers, or applications at this time.” Read more.
Python users, you’re in luck! It’s fully compatible!
Screenflow v9.0.6 – M1 Optimized but is not Rosetta 2 compatible.
SketchUp is NOT officially supported on M1 but people are reporting that SketchUp2021 is working on M1 machines with Rosetta 2. There are some issues though at this time. They have a forum post in the SketchUp community about testing on M1 Macs.
New Macs with Apple M1 (ARM-based) processors are not yet officially supported. More
Posted by Michele Yamazaki