Apple M1 and Capture One now a GO!

Capture One has released their native M1 build for Apple silicon Mac computers as of 27th May, 2021. With this release comes various performance enhancements: quicker and more responsive controls, and faster processing of your images.

Apple’s Custom Silicon Processor/SOC

Apple’s roll-out of their ARM based custom silicon processors has recently expanded to their desktop iMac computers, and is expected to come to their 16″ MacBook Pro and iMac Pro lineup. As more M1 based devices come into use, one can only expect to see more professional photographers need native M1 apps for optimal performance.

The Capture One R&D team gave this new platform the respect it deserves, by undertaking what Capture One calls a ‘complete rewrite’ of their image processing engine, to optimise it for the new Apple silicon architecture.

Speed Enhancements

Running Capture One 21 on an M1-powered Mac will speed up various functions. Hopefully, this brings the barrier down between your work, the wait for processed to complete, and your creative vision. Here’s what you can expect to be speeded up, and by how much, according to Capture One:

  • up to 2X faster Image Import
  • up to 2X edits with tools like Crop, Rotate, etc.
  • 50% boost to managing assets in Catalogs and Albums
  • Smoother brush edits with styles.

So, what does this mean for existing Capture One 21 users who are on M1 powered Macs? As mentioned, they can expect speed enhancements from just updating to this new M1 specific build. They can also expect greater stability and fewer issues related to reliability.

Try it out Yourself

You can download a trial of Capture One 21 (version 14.1) at this link and try it out on your M1 Mac (or Intel Mac, or even your Windows PC… they do support all these platforms) if you’d like to see what Capture One is all about.

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