Apple M1 Capture One Version Now Ready!

Capture One 21 software is now available for Apple M1 based computers, with speed enhancements, and a complete ground-up rewrite.

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.

Capture One – Complete Rewrite

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, they have optimized it to get the most out of 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 processing 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.

You can also use our special code to get a 10% discount, use BPT10 on checkout.

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas

Susheel Chandradhas is a Product Photographer and Filmmaker based in India. He has been taking photographs (almost) all his life. He has a diploma and a bachelors degree in Visual Communication, where his classmates all believed that he would write a book on photography... Instead, he writes on this website (because - isn't a community more fun?).

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