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Apple Silicon Prompts Third-Party Developers to Optimize Their Apps for macOS 11

Curtis Joe

| 1 month ago


With Great Processing Power Comes a Greater Need for System Compatibility

With today’s operating system update, software developers are revamping their programs to run smoothly in macOS 11 Big Sur.

Now, Apple’s servers are currently under siege with the world’s Mac users simultaneously updating to Big Sur. So, while you’re waiting for your installation to complete, let’s check out a few of these third-party applications that have been updated for macOS 11.

Microsoft Office 2019

If you are an avid user of Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, you can look forward to an enjoyable experience on Big Sur. The November update (build 16.43), which can be downloaded and installed via the Microsoft Update utility in macOS, optimizes Office applications for macOS 11.


On M1-integrated systems, the initial launch of each Office app will take roughly 20 seconds, as macOS must “generate optimized code for the Apple Silicon processor.”


The popular and award-winning productivity app Things received an update to version 3.13.2 today. This includes updated animations and widgets, as well as, of course, optimization for macOS 11 running on Apple’s latest M1 processors.


Omni Group Applications

Seattle-based app developer Omni Group rolled out updates to their entire line of productivity and graphic design apps. This includes OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, and OmniPlan—as well as their other freeware OmniDiskSweeper, OmniPresence, and OmniWeb.


Affinity Suite

The Affinity apps, which include Affinity Photo, Affinity Publisher, and Affinity Designer, have received a major update in the form of Affinity 1.8.6. This adds full compatibility with macOS 11 and optimization for Apple’s new M1 chip.


Creatives familiar with Serif’s software will have a lot of fun when they get their hands on Apple’s latest laptops.

djay Pro AI

Algoriddim’s DJ and music production software was updated to djay Pro AI 3.0 to accommodate macOS 11 and Apple Silicon M1. Being able to separate instruments from vocals is very valuable for DJs during set preparation, and to do so in real-time extracts a lot out of the processor.

Luckily, Apple’s M1 SoC is incredibly powerful and intelligent.


Alongside an update to the user interface, Algoriddim’s release notes also mention that, with this new update, djay Pro AI is now unified across macOS and iOS devices. Additionally, Neural Mix audio effects, channel configurations, and looping now exist to make DJs’ lives easier.

M1 Macs Start Shipping November 17

This is just the start. As more companies get their hands on M1 Macs and macOS 11 Big Sur, many more of your favorite apps will begin making the transition to Apple’s new platforms.

Products Covered

allapplenews-product-MacBook Air
MacBook Air
Release Date
November 2020


• 256GB / 512GB
• 13.3" LED-Backlit Retina Display with IPS Technology
• Apple M1 chip
• Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID Sensor
• Up to 18 Hours Video Playback
• 8GB / 16GB unified Memory


Apple Silicon is finally here! The 2020 MacBook Air is built around the all-new M1 processing chip. The first-ever ARM-based Apple-exclusive chip features an 8-core CPU with four perform­ance cores, four efficiency cores, 7-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. All these upgrades make up the most powerful MacBook Air ever. The latest silent, fanless design boasts up to 16 hours of battery life.

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