Adobe launches M1 Mac native versions of Lightroom Classic and more

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Adobe is now shipping new versions of more Creative Cloud apps that run natively on Apple silicone Macs. Lightroom Classic, Illustrator, and InDesign have all been updated for the M1 processor, and Adobe says you can expect average performance gains of up to 80 percent for the suite compared to an equivalent Intel-based Mac.

Adobe released an M1-native version of Photoshop in March, while an update to Lightroom came in December. However, many photographers (like me) still prefer to use Lightroom Classic, which Adobe maintains as a separate app within the Creative Cloud suite, so it’s good to see it getting a performance boost to match the newer version.

Based on the results of a third-party benchmark report commissioned by the company, Adobe says that “most operations in Lightroom Classic on an M1 Mac,” including launch, import, and export, will be “about twice as fast” as on an M1 Mac. an equivalent Intel Mac. A new Super Resolution image enhancement feature also added in this update is meanwhile “more than three times faster”. The benchmarks were run on 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops, one with an M1 processor and the other with an Intel Core i5. Both laptops had 16 GB of RAM and were connected to an Apple Pro Display XDR.

Other Lightroom updates include the ability to specify custom aspect ratios when cropping (as opposed to using the freehand tool) and a range of new premium presets created by professional photographers. The collection includes options for styles such as ‘cinematic’ and ‘futuristic’, as well as portrait presets for different skin tones. They are available in both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic on all platforms.