What you need to know
- Apple silicon Mac users can now download a native version of the Dropbox apps.
- The new Apple silicon version of Dropbox is available as a beta release.
- A future public release will come when Dropbox believes it to be ready.
It might have taken longer than we would have liked but the folk at Dropbox have finally released the first beta build of its Apple silicon-specific app. While previous versions of the Dropbox app did work on M1 Macs, this is the first time a native release has been made available.
It was reported a week ago that Dropbox was testing an M1-native app and that a beta release would arrive in due course. That's now happened with a Dropbox forum post making the announcement. The new Apple silicon build lives alongside the Intel one, so make sure to download the correct version if you're looking to live that beta life.
Dropbox is one of the best Mac apps for syncing files with the cloud and other devices but the lack of an Apple silicon version of its app has damaged its reputation. Dropbox somewhat strangely said it didn't intend to create such an app, although it did finally back down. While the Intel build worked via Apple's Rosetta emulation, there's no doubt a native app is always the preferred option among users.
However, now is a good time to remember that this is a beta build. Keep that in mind before installing it — I'd suggest it might be prudent to wait for Dropbox to release the update to everyone before taking the plunge.
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.
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