Update – Which apps are optimized for Apple M1 chips
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Update – Which apps are optimized for Apple M1 chips

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Before turning to an Apple silicon Mac, it is better to be sure that your favorite applications are compatible.

Update: Added Ableton Live 11 software, Spotify app and a link for a richer list of Apple silicon compatible apps

The first Apple Silicon chip, the M1, has been integrated into MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13″ and Mac mini since November 2020. It has also been fitted to the iMac 24″ since April 2021. And tests and feedback all point to performance impressive underpinned by Apple’s new in-house component.

To reach the top of their capacities, however, Apple Silicon chips must be used with software and games rewritten for this new platform. Thus, an application compatible with the Intel platform will not be able to run natively to its full potential on a Mac equipped with an M1 chip, for example. In this case, macOS automatically uses a software bridge, a sort of adapter, so that the app in question remains usable on an Apple Silicon Mac. But then performance suffers.

This is why it is important for developers to offer a version of their software or game adapted to the new platform of the Californian company .

Below is a list of major Mac applications that are currently well compatible natively with Apple M1 / ​​M1 Pro / M1 Max and Apple Silicon chips more widely.

Apple M1 and Apple Silicon compatible applications

Internet and office

  • Antidote
  • AnyDesk
  • BBEdit
  • Bear
  • Brave
  • Day One
  • Drafts
  • Fantastical
  • Firefox
  • GoodNotes
  • Google : Chrome, Street View
  • Kaspersky
  • LibreOffice
  • Microsoft : Edge, Office, Visual Studio Code
  • Mole VPN
  • Newton Mail
  • Notability
  • NordVPN
  • Notion
  • Opera
  • PCalc
  • RealVNC
  • Screens
  • Slack
  • Telegram
  • Thunderbird
  • Twitter
  • Tweetbot
  • TweetDeck
  • Ulysses
  • Vivaldi
  • VLC
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Zoom

Utilities

  • 1Password
  • 1Blocker
  • Arq
  • Alfred
  • AppCleaner de FreeMacSoft
  • Apple Transporter
  • Bartender
  • BlackMagic Disk Speed Test
  • Buhocleaner
  • BetterTouchTool
  • Claris FileMaker Pro
  • CleanMyMac X : find more details here about M1 support and here our test of the app
  • coconutBattery
  • CrossOver
  • Devonthink
  • Default Folder X
  • DisplayLink Manager
  • Docker Desktop
  • Documents
  • FastScripts
  • Geekbench
  • Hazel
  • Highland 2
  • Homebrew
  • HoudahSpot
  • iStats Menus
  • iStatistics Pro
  • Keyboard Maestro
  • LaunchBar
  • MacTracker
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop
  • Moom
  • OmniGraffle
  • OmniFocus
  • Onyx
  • Parallels Desktop et Parallels Toolbox
  • Pastebot
  • Path Finder
  • PopClip
  • Redshift
  • Reflector
  • Secrets
  • Sensei
  • SymbolicLinker
  • SuperDuper
  • TeamViewer
  • TechTool Pro 14
  • Things
  • medicine
  • Yojimbo
  • Yoink

audio & music

  • Ableton Live 11
  • Adobe Audition
  • Algoriddim djay
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Audirvana
  • Capo
  • Bitwig
  • Broadcasts
  • Deezer
  • DSP-Quattro
  • FL Studio
  • forScore
  • Fretello
  • Rogue Amoeba Airfoil, Audio Hijack, Farrago, Fission, Loopback Piezo & Soundsource
  • Spotify
  • Tractor Pro
  • Triode
  • TunesArt
  • XLD

Development

  • FileMaker
  • Textastic
  • Textmate
  • Transporter
  • Unity
  • Visual Studio Code

Image, web & video creation

  • Acorn
  • Adobe : Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro
  • Affinity Photo
  • Affinity Designer
  • Affinity Publisher
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple iWork (Pages, Number et Keynote)
  • Capture One
  • Tap
  • Cinema 4D
  • CorelDRAW 2021
  • DaVinci : Resolve et Fusion
  • Darkroom
  • Logoist 4
  • Luminar AI
  • Pixelmator Pro 2
  • Sketch
  • Sparkle
  • Timebox
  • Vectonator

Video game

  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Dolphin
  • Myst
  • Nvidia Geforce Now
  • World of Warcraft

The goal is not to exhaustively list all the Mac applications compatible with Apple Silicon, but to mention the best known first.

And if you use an Apple M1 compatible app, but it is not present in our list, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments. We will add it later in a future update of the article.

See also the site isapplesiliconready.com which tries to list the compatible software, those in the process of becoming it and those which are not. More than 900 software are currently in the register of this very practical free service.

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