Update: added Brave, Nvidia Geforce NOW, Traktor Pro, Newton Mail, Homebrew, VLC, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Rush, Adobe Audition, Zoom, Microsoft Office, Firefox, Devonthink, Google Street View, Things, Tweetbot, 1Blocker, Apple iWork.
The first Apple Silicon chip, the M1, has been integrated into MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13 ″ and Mac mini since November 2020. And the tests and feedback all point to impressive performance underpinned by Apple’s new in-house component.
To reach the peak of their capabilities, 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 function 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 kind of adapter, so that the app in question remains usable on an Apple Silicon Mac. But performance suffers then.
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.
Below is a list of the major Mac applications that are to date well natively compatible with the Apple M1 chip and Apple Silicon more broadly.
Apple M1 and Apple Silicon compatible applications
- Adobe: Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Rush, Audition, Premiere Pro
- Affinity Photo
- Affinity Designer
- Affinity Publisher
- Algoriddim Djay
- Apple Final Cut Pro
- Apple GarageBand
- Apple iWork: Pages, Number and Keynote
- Apple Logic Pro
- Google: Chrome, Street View
- Microsoft Office
- Newton Mail
- Nvidia Geforce NOW
- Pixelmator Pro 2
- Traktor Pro
- World of warcraft
The goal is not to list exhaustively all Mac applications compatible with Apple Silicon, but to mention the best known first.
And if you are using an Apple M1 compatible app, but it is not in our list, please let us know in the comments. We will add it later in a future update of the article.