Apple’s ARM-based M1 Macs have undoubtedly conquered the news of computing and technology, at least before the catastrophic introduction of Cyberpunk in 2077 took over. The strength and capabilities of the chip have certainly inspired both consumers and pundits, but all that’s for nothing if apps don’t take advantage of it. Although the Rosetta 2 emulation layer also does a surprisingly impressive job, nothing beats running native software directly. That’s why it’s no small news when a famous program announces support for M1 Macs, particularly when the program comes from Adobe.
Of course, Apple had already bragged about the prowess of the Apple M1 when it came to video editing tasks, but it used its own Final Cut Pro. The app may have had the advantage of being created by Apple and of having access to capabilities not available to third-party developers. The real test comes when the developers actually bring their products to the Apple Silicon M1, and it seems to be flying high again.
Adobe revealed beta versions of Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Apple M1. They can already run on M1 Macs, but via Rosetta 2 emulation mode, to be clear. In reality, users can choose to run both versions to see for themselves where the differences lie.
Adobe still has several figures of its own, and the Apple M1 continues to impress. It ends faster than the 16-inch MacBook Pro in Scene Edit Detection and beats the Intel version of the software running in M1 emulation mode. It seems worse than the emulated version of the Export Times, but Adobe notes that they’re still fine-tuning the performance.
One major caveat consumers should be mindful of what they could miss with Adobe’s native M1 versions of applications. Premiere Pro, in particular, loses access to certain third-party integrations, but those will eventually return due to the growing success of Apple’s new ARM-based devices.