The incredible power of the new M1 system in a chip in Mac computers has sparked enthusiasm among creatives, workers and Mac fans. Not only has it enabled entry-level Macs to run apps more smoothly, but it has also opened up a plethora of possibilities for Mac users on a budget who still need high performance.
As with any other operating system update, developers have some catching up to do when it comes to adapting their apps. Fortunately, the developers of the following apps have already provided app support for devices with M1 chips.
If you own an M1 Mac, you can get the most out of your computer's advanced utilities by using them.
1. Ableton Live
Ableton Live is the world's most widely used and probably the most powerful DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). It is an all-in-one software for recording, arranging and processing audio. From huge recording studios to budding bedroom producers, Ableton has been the benchmark in pro audio for many years. Our Ableton Live Beginner's Guide will help you get started.
What Ableton M1 users will find most useful is the 8-core CPU and the massive processing power it unleashes. Processing audio can be extremely demanding for your device, both because of the information it needs to process and the power required to do so.
In field tests, M1 machines were able to complete intensive tasks in Ableton much faster. While we don't have specific stats like some of the ones provided below for apps, we're sure this will have a big impact on producers and studio managers in the future.
Download: Ableton Live (starts at $ 99; free trial available)
2. Google Chrome
Your browser is an obvious choice for a major upgrade since we do so much in them. And while Google Chrome is clearly popular, it is also widely known that Chrome is one of the most RAM-consuming and generally stressful apps out there. Whenever you've opened multiple tabs or installed a lot of extensions, Chrome can run into problems.
On weaker devices, this can mean that researching, creating spreadsheets, using web apps, or chatting with friends can be quite slow. This is not necessarily a design flaw; Rather, it's down to built-in functions like pre-rendering and tab management. These allow us to surf faster, but they are a drain on resources.
Adapting Chrome to the M1 Mac will solve some of these problems as its 16 billion transistors perform actions faster than ever. Hopefully this will make modern surfing even easier.
Download: Google Chrome (free)
3. Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop needs little introduction. What we need to emphasize, however, is that M1 Mac users have the opportunity to experience up to a 7X increase in image processing speed. This increased capacity is game-changing for professionals and amateurs alike – especially anyone buying an entry-level Mac.
Actions like importing large photos, bulk image processing, rendering, FX application, and more are now completed at the speed of light.
Workflows for photographers and graphic designers everywhere can be streamlined with the advances in this new technology. You will reap the rewards of large drops in processing times as well as improvements in measures like battery life.
Photoshop native support was announced shortly after the M1 chip was introduced. Hence, we can expect the same level of functionality that Photoshop offers on other platforms, additionally fueled by the advances Apple has made.
Download: Adobe Photoshop (subscription required; free trial available)
Python has some slowness issues on less powerful devices. However, these problems are in a slightly different area than programs like Ableton and Photoshop. Instead of using power to process audio and images, the speed of Python in terms of speech effectiveness is discussed. That is, the speed and performance of code delivery.
In layman terms, delivery speed is the ability of a language to tell you when to expect a finished app, and performance is the speed with which a language can solve a problem. We won't go into what these mean in the real world, but effectively these two parameters are the most important for a language to do its job.
M1 devices will certainly be able to improve delivery speed and performance as they are literally electrified by the M1 chip's capacity to process a whopping 11 trillion operations per second.
Download: Python (free)
As one of the most popular and comprehensive music streaming services, Spotify is another program that plays a central role in many people's everyday lives. Unlike the above-mentioned applications, Spotify doesn't necessarily have the same problems with a high demand for computing power.
However, it needs to be adapted to the needs of new and existing users migrating to M1 systems. With the company's announcement that the Spotify beta would have native M1 support, it means you'll never have to go without your favorite tracks and playlists. You will get them a lot faster too.
Download: Spotify (Free, Subscription Available)
The M1 Mac is the future
Obviously, the new M1 chip will light a more powerful fire among Mac devices. By combining usefulness with easy accessibility and increased performance for everyone (not just those who can afford it), as well as customizing important apps as we saw above, the M1 is likely to revolutionize people's daily business.
It's great to see developers thinking two steps ahead and figuring out how they can support the move to M1 Mac devices. The apps listed here are all ready for the future now, providing the best possible experience for everyone, everywhere.
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