Is this app compatible with Apple Silicon?
This issue is resolved on a page that exactly contains this question by name in English: Is ready Apple Silicon … This website goes viral in many internet forums and, as described on it, was developed by two committed programmers (Abdullah Diaa and Sharno). The page has been translated into different languages, including Spanish so there is no possible loss.
It is divided into several categories. On the one hand, you can see the entire list of apps, and then sections based on the category of each: browsers, developers, design, music, and more. They also have search bar which allows you to search for information about a specific application. Then, in the rows of each application, you can find the following columns:
- Optimized for Apple Silicon: if it has a checked check mark, it means that it is already compatible with chips Apple M1.
- Rosetta 2: If there is a checkmark in this part, it means that it is not yet optimized, but nevertheless, it can be used on computers with M1 thanks to the Rosetta 2 code translator.
- M1 Compatible Version: if the application is compatible, the version number of the application with which it is compatible will appear.
- Last Updated: Provides information about when the information was updated.
- Contribute: A section where you can independently contribute to the page by adding new information.
Keep in mind that apps adapt at different rates, so you might find that some app has already been updated and hasn’t been reported on this page. It is clear that due to such painstaking work, the page creators do not provide enough information with such a volume of information, so cooperation is required from each user who wants to contribute their grain of sand. Anyway, this is a great guide to see if you can use your favorite apps on your new Mac with the M1.
Process is progressing faster than expected
When Apple announced the transition from Intel chips for its own processors, according to the company’s estimates, this will be enough for about 2 years. It’s not that this is a deadline for developers, nothing further from reality, but this is a prediction made by a more user-centric company who would like to own one of their new Macs. However, we can see that all kinds of applications, the most popular and least known, are already being optimized for Apple Silicon in record time since the first devices with the M1 chip were released just a couple of months ago.
Of course, it’s too early to say that they match Intel in terms of quantity, but everything is going very well. The developers have already seen the benefits of these processors, which, in addition to guaranteeing performance that surpasses most Intel processors, do not require as much RAM and manage consumption, which is really great for laptops, as the autonomy of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air has increased.