Adobe Lightroom for Mac now supports Apple silicon

Lightroom in the Mac App Store
Lightroom in the Mac App Store (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Adobe has updated Lightroom to include support for Apple silicon.

Adobe yesterday updated Lightroom for Mac to include native support for Apple silicon. The update, version 4.1, also brings with it added support for new cameras and lenses, the release notes confirm.

Adobe also says that we can look forward to bug fixes as part of this update, but the Mac App Store entry doesn't go into details as to what they might be.

Macbook Air M1

Macbook Air M1 (Image credit: Daniel Bader / iMore)

What's NewThis update includes bug fixes and support for new cameras and lenses. Additionally, Lightroom now works natively on computers with Apple Silicon hardware.

By including support for Apple silicon, Adobe has unleashed the power of Apple's current M1 chip that runs in the Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. Previously, Lightroom ran via Rosetta 2 under x86 emulation and while still speedy, running as a native Apple silicon Mac on Apple's hardware is undoubtedly the way to go.

Those who use Adobe Lightroom can download the update from the Mac App Store right now. It's a free download, but you'll need a Creative Cloud subscription if you want to use it beyond the initial one-week free trial.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.