Adobe has announced the release of the first version of Photoshop to run natively on Macs with the new M1 chip. Photoshop runs natively on Macs powered by the M1 chip and takes advantage of the performance improvements built into this new architecture. Internal tests show a wide range of features running an average of 1.5X the speed of similarly configured previous generation systems. Tests covered a broad scope of activities, including opening and saving files, running filters, and compute-heavy operations like Content-Aware Fill and Select Subject, which all feel noticeably faster. Early benchmarking also shows that some operations are substantially faster with the new chip.
These great performance improvements are just the beginning, and Adobe will continue to work together with Apple to further optimise performance over time. Adobe believes its customers using these new Macs will love the difference, too. Don’t blink. You might miss the splash screen launching…
As part of Adobe’s mission to provide the best tools quickly, Adobe distributed public beta builds of Photoshop through the Creative Cloud Desktop application as soon as Macs with M1 chips became available. This allowed Adobe to share progress and gather critical feedback from customers to help extend Photoshop to this new architecture.
There are still a few features we haven’t finished porting to run on the new M1 chip, primarily a couple of those most recently shipped (Invite to Edit Cloud Documents, Preset Syncing, most notably). However, the performance gains across the rest of the application were so great Adobe didn’t want to hold back the release for everyone while the team wraps up work on these last few features. If those features are critical to your workflow, you can simply switch back to Rosetta 2 until they make their way into the official build.