When Apple finally unveiled their first M1 computers, Adobe also announced support for the new chipsets by saying that they will be bringing an M1 compatible version of some of their popular apps like Photoshop and Lightroom to these computers. The good news is that one Adobe app has arrived and it comes in the form of Lightroom.
In an announcement on Adobe’s blog, the company has launched a new version of Lightroom that will be compatible with ARM chipsets. This means that in addition to playing nicely with Apple’s M1 computers, it will also work with Microsoft’s ARM-based Windows computers, like its Surface Pro X.
According to Adobe, it seems that in order to better optimize the app for ARM chipsets, they rebuilt the app from the ground up. The company is still working on its other apps such as Photoshop and Camera RAW, although for now M1 Mac users who want to use those apps can still do so via Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulation tool, which Adobe says will work just fine.
Obviously having native M1 support is ideal but if you primarily handle your photo edits in Lightroom, then this is good news for you. We expect that more developers will eventually release M1 compatible apps in the future, so it’s just a matter of time.