What applications are optimized for Apple silicon chips (M1, M2, etc.)

Apple Silicon 2020

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The first Apple Silicon chip, the M1, was released in 2020, integrated into MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13″ and Mac mini. It then arrived on other Apple machines, then declined in M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra in 2021, before the M2 took over in 2022. Apple silicon chips have since the start impressed with their impressive performance and excellent power consumption management.

To reach the top of their capacities, however, Apple Silicon chips must be used with software and games rewritten for this new platform. Thus, an application compatible with the Intel platform will not be able to run natively to its full potential on a Mac equipped with an M1 chip, for example. In this case, macOS automatically uses a software bridge, a sort of adapter, so that the app in question remains usable on an Apple Silicon Mac. But then performance suffers.

This is why it is important for developers to offer a version of their software or game adapted to the new platform of the Californian company.

Here is just below a list of major Mac applications that are so far natively compatible with Apple M1/M1 Pro/M1 Max/M1 Ultra/M2 chips and Apple Silicon more broadly.

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Table of Contents

Apple M1 and Apple Silicon compatible applications

Internet and office automation

  • Antidote
  • AnyDesk
  • BBEdit
  • Bear
  • Brave
  • Canary Mail
  • DayOne
  • Discord
  • Drafts
  • Dropbox
  • Edison Mail
  • Elmedia Video Player
  • Evernote
  • facebook messenger
  • Fantastic
  • firefox
  • GoodNotes
  • Google: Chrome, Street View
  • Kaspersky
  • LibreOffice
  • Microsoft: Edge, Office, Visual StudioCode, OneDrive
  • MullvadVPN
  • Newton Mail
  • Notability
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  • Notion
  • Opera
  • PCalc
  • Rambox
  • RealVNC
  • screens
  • Signal
  • Slack
  • Telegram
  • Thunderbird
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Tweetbot
  • TweetDeck
  • Ulysses
  • Vivaldi
  • VLC
  • Yahoo Mail
  • Zoom

Utilities

  • 1Password
  • 1Blocker
  • Alfred
  • AnyTrans
  • FreeMacSoft AppCleaner
  • Apple Transporter
  • Arq
  • Bartender
  • BlackMagic Disk Speed ​​Test
  • Buhocleaner
  • BetterTouchTool
  • capto
  • Claris FileMaker Pro
  • CleanMyMac X : find more details here about M1 support and here our test of the app
  • coconutBattery
  • Crossover
  • Devonthink
  • Default Folder X
  • DisplayLink Manager
  • Docker Desktop
  • Documents
  • droplr
  • FastScripts
  • Geekbench
  • Hazel
  • Highland 2
  • Homebrew
  • Houdah Spot
  • iStats Menus
  • iStatistica Pro
  • Keyboard Maestro
  • LaunchBar
  • Logitech Options+
  • MacTracker
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop
  • Moom
  • OmniGraffle
  • OmniFocus
  • Onyx
  • Parallels Desktop and Parallels Toolbox
  • paste
  • pastebot
  • Path Finder
  • PopClip
  • Redshift
  • reflector
  • secrets
  • Sensei
  • set app
  • Strongbox
  • Symbolic Linker
  • SuperDuper
  • Team Viewer
  • TechTool Pro 14
  • Things
  • uBar
  • Yojimbo
  • Yoink
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audio & music

  • Ableton Live 11
  • Adobe Audition
  • Algoriddim djay
  • Apple GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro
  • Arturia FX Collection 2
  • Audirvana
  • bitwig
  • broadcasts
  • capo
  • Cubase
  • Deezer
  • DSP-Quattro
  • FL Studio
  • forScore
  • fretello
  • iZotope RX 9
  • Rogue Amoeba Airfoil, Audio Hijack, Farrago, Fission, Loopback Piezo & Soundsource
  • Spotify
  • Tidal
  • Traktor Pro
  • Triode
  • TunesArt
  • Waves (plugins)
  • XLD

Development

  • FileMaker
  • Textastic
  • textmate
  • Carry
  • Unity
  • Visual StudioCode

Image, web & video creation

  • Acorn
  • Adobe: Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Rush, Premiere Pro, After Effects
  • Affinity Photography
  • Affinity Designer
  • Affinity Publisher
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple iWork (Pages, Number and Keynote)
  • CaptureOne
  • Tap
  • Cinema 4D
  • CorelDRAW 2021
  • DaVinci: Resolve and Fusion
  • dark room
  • Inkscape
  • Logoist 4
  • Luminar AI
  • Pixelmator Pro 2
  • Sketch
  • sparkles
  • timeline
  • Vectorator

Video game

  • Asphalt 8 and 9
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Disco Elysium
  • Dolphin
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • god of war
  • Minecraft
  • Myst
  • NBA 2K22 Arcade
  • Nvidia Geforce Now
  • Runescape
  • World of Warcraft

The goal is not to exhaustively list all the Mac applications compatible with Apple Silicon, but to mention the best known first.

And if you use an Apple silicon compatible app, but it is not present in our list, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments. We will add it later in a future update of the article.

See also the website isapplesiliconready.com which attempts to list which software is compatible, which is in the process of becoming compatible, and which is not. More than 970 software are currently in the register of this very practical free service.

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