Photoshop gets native Apple silicon support, up to 1.5x faster on M1

MacBook Pro (late 2020) with Photoshop
MacBook Pro (late 2020) with Photoshop (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Adobe Photoshop now runs natively on Apple silicon.
  • It's now 1.5x faster on the M1 Apple silicon chip.
  • Adobe says there are still some known bugs and issues, however.

Adobe has today announced that Photoshop, one of the best photo editing apps for Mac, will now run natively on Apple silicon and the M1 chip.

In an announcement the company stated:

Run Photoshop faster in native mode on Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip. As of March 2021, Photoshop now runs natively on Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip with 1.5X the speed of similarly configured previous generation systems.

As a trade-off for the speed boost, however, Adobe says there are some known issues and limitations compared to running on both native mode and Rosetta on Macs like the M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini. Adobe says it is "hard at work to reduce these feature differences in future updates." Several features are completely unavailable, as follows:

  • Import, Export, and playback of embedded video layers
  • Shake Reduction filter
  • Preset Syncing
  • Share an image button / Quick Share
  • Create new Library from document / Libraries Panel menu command
  • Home Screen > Shared with you and Invite to edit / Collaborative Editing features. To learn alternative ways to access files shared with you, see Access and edit shared cloud documents.
  • Opening or placing U3D formatted files
  • Starting Bridge from Photoshop menus

Adobe also lists some other known issues including exporting SVG files and viewing 3D documents, as well as using 3D features. Similarly, there are known issues when running Photoshop through Rosetta, so if you rely on Photoshop for business or can't live without it, you'd be well advised to check the full compatibility breakdown before making the switch to Apple silicon. Photoshop got Apple silicon support in its beta in November, and added similar support to Lightroom last year.

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