Dropbox Adds Native Support for Apple Silicon Macs

Posted on March 4, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Cloud with 4 Comments

Dropbox’s sync client for macOS is now optimized for Apple Silicon Macs. The cloud storage service has been testing native support for Apple Silicon Macs for the past couple of months, and the new sync client finally went out of beta this week.

Apple released its first Apple Silicon Macs back in Fall 2020, and it certainly took some time for the company to make the sync client run natively on these new Macs. While Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulator could run the Intel-based app in an acceptable way on Apple Silicon Macs, the new native app can leverage Apple’s power-efficient M1 chips to deliver improved performance.

Dropbox’s new sync client follows the release of Microsoft’s native version of OneDrive for Apple Silicon Macs, which the company started rolling out earlier this week. If Apple is expected to finish moving its whole Mac family to Apple Silicon later this year, many popular apps such as Discord, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams have yet to be optimized for this new architecture.

According to Dropbox, users will Apple Silicon Macs should receive the new sync client automatically. However, those who don’t want to wait can download this new Apple Silicon version from Dropbox’s website.

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4 responses to “Dropbox Adds Native Support for Apple Silicon Macs”

  1. wright_is

    Someone over at Twit posted about this today. He says, he was about to jump ship, but this version was like Christmas Day for him.

    It loads up quickly (1-2 seconds, instead of 10 seconds) and making notes is fast and frictionless.

  2. ianbetteridge

    It's a credit to Apple's Rosetta software that I didn't realise Dropbox wasn't native.

  3. pesos

    Pathetic that dropbox still hasn't released a compatible client for Windows on ARM. Have to use the website on my Surface Pro X. Has accelerated our shift to Onedrive.

    • ivarh

      What's even worse is that on my Win11OnArm task manager shows that onedrive is a x86 application

      Why do you expect Dropbox to update their windows client to arm when Microsoft themselves don't bother for their cloud storage app.