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With this application and this website you can know if your macOS applications are prepared for the M1 chip and Apple silicon

A few days ago we told how to know if your macOS applications already had support for Apple silicon, that is, the new architecture of Apple's own chips. However, with the methods explained, it was necessary to have a computer with macOS Big Sur. And although it is not a bad thing in itself, it may be an operating system that many users do not want to update for the moment, given the typical instability of the new versions just released.

Thus, We are going to tell you two useful ways of knowing, firstly, if your applications are already compatible with the new equipment based on ARM architecture, and if, secondly, they work in their current form thanks to Rosetta 2, the translation layer that Apple uses to run applications written for Intel at Apple Silicon.

Silicon, the application that scans your Mac to give you (probably bad) news


Most of the applications on our team have not been updated and therefore will not work natively on a new Mac with an M1 chip.

Silicon is a small application that fulfills a very simple task: to scan our Mac to tell us if our applications have universal binaries (Universal) from Apple silicon and Intel or if on the contrary they only have from Intel.

We can tell you to scan the entire Mac or just the applications folder. If you haven't bothered to update all your applications, as is my case, Silicon will probably bring bad news. On the computer analyzed for the test, only three of the applications were updated to run natively on the new architecture.

Apple Silicon

Applications with support for Apple Silicon and Intel.

'Is Apple silicon ready?', A website to find out about any application

Apple Silicon Ready

'Is Apple silicon ready?' is a website that contains a large database of applications cataloged by category: browser, development, edition, etc. Like Silicon, too It tells us if an application has already been updated to the new architecture or not but, unlike the application, this website gives us valuable information.

Microsoft and Adobe make it clear that the transition of their apps from macOS to Apple Silicon will not be the disaster that it was with Intel

Specific, 'Is Apple silicon ready?' tells us even if apps that have not been adapted work fine with Rosetta 2, the aforementioned binary translation layer. It is important, because although they work, not all applications do it with the same performance. For example, Adobe Lightroom works surprisingly well, but applications like Ableton or FL Studio don't take advantage of any of the newer Macs.

In addition to this, the web also offers messages about possible small print in compatibility: With Firefox, for example, it indicates that there is a beta that is already supported, as with Photoshop.