Adobe has released a new beta version of Photoshop, designed for macOS and Windows on Arm processors like the new Macs with the Apple Silicon M1 chip. New Adobe software also runs on the Surface Pro X, a niche product compared to the MacBook Pro 13 M1, MacBook Air M1, and Mac Mini M1.
Perhaps it is coincidence, but the fact that Adobe released this version a few days after the announcement of the Apple machines indicates that Adobe sees a great business opportunity outside the x86 world.
It’s also a surprising announcement because no one was expecting an Arm version until early 2021, but it looks like the transition to the new architecture will be faster than even Apple expected.
A new age
According to Adobe, photographers and illustrators can count on more robust and better performing software. Although Photoshop for Intel can be used on M1 machines thanks to Rosetta transition software, surprisingly without compromising performance, the native version will be much faster.
The Californian company claims that with the new version, you will immediately notice a higher speed, especially with more complex projects.
Adobe claims that the new beta version of Photoshop offers almost all the essential functions of the popular photo-editing software. Some are missing, such as the patching tool, restoration brushes, or smart fill, but Adobe says it hopes to add them in the coming weeks.
This new version marks a new era. For years, the general impression is that a platform is not serious until it has a native version of Photoshop. This beta will be an extra motivation for those considering acquiring a new MacBook Air M1, MacBook Pro 13 M1 or Mac Mini M1.
If you are subscribed to Adobe Cloud, you will be able to see the new Arm version ready for download in the beta section of the Creative Cloud control panel.
Adobe is expected to introduce Arm versions of its other creative products, such as Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Dreamweaver, among others, in the coming months.