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Adobe releases first beta of Photoshop on Apple Silicon M1

The first beta marks a milestone for one of Apple's biggest software providers, but Photoshop has some bugs to work through.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Adobe has launched its first beta release of Photoshop running on Apple Silicon.

In a post, Adobe said that Photoshop is running natively on Apple's M1 processor. The beta release isn't officially supported but is available to gather feedback.

Apple's transition to its own Apple Silicon and away from Intel will pick up speed as more third-party software providers build natively on the Arm processors. Adobe is clearly one of the leading software providers for the Mac. Microsoft is using Rosetta 2 to translate its Intel-based Office for Arm for now. 

There are a few things to note about Adobe Photoshop for M1 to note:

  • The beta isn't fully functioning and will get features over time.
  • The beta will only install and work on Arm hardware meeting minimum system requirements.
  • There's a long list of missing features including Camera RAW, Shake Reduction and various filters.

Here's a look at the new Macs with Apple Silicon. 

According to Apple, the new MacBook Air is 3.5x faster with up to 5x graphics performance than the previous generation, thanks to the M1 processor. You can get it with up to 2TB of storage and 16GB of memory, with the price still starting at $999. 

The Mac Mini has the same design but now comes with an M1 processor. It starts at $699, a drop in the price of $100, and supports up to a 6K display via USB-C Thunderbolt ports with USB-4 support.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip gets 2.8x CPU gains and 5x GPU gains, plus it keeps its cooling system and has a $1,299 starting price.

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