Adobe Creative Cloud And ARM

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I recently got a 16inch macbook pro while I am huge windows enthusist the things I am doing recently are easier done on mac. My question is with all this talk of mac going to arm processors and Apple saying they are going to support intel for years to come. My question is how will this effect the creative cloud package. I am sure adobe is testing things a head of time but since Adobe does have an ipad version I am just wondering if this move to ARM is going to make it hard for people with intel macs. Like would Adobe or Microsoft say as of this date we only support ARM macs. I am just curious how this transition will go for not so much Apple but for the third party apps.

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8 responses to “Adobe Creative Cloud And ARM”

  1. wolters

    I'm sure Adobe is well on their way on Apple Silicon versions. They seemed to have stalled on the Windows ARM versions which is a pity because I sure love my Surface Pro X as my secondary and on-the-go machine.

    • Paul Thurrott

      I suspect that Apple made sure that both Microsoft and Adobe would be ready in time before they even announced it. They can't repeat what happened with Adobe with OS X.
      • bkkcanuck

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        I think that there was probably some sort of deal put in place where Apple would provide a level of development support to ensure that as part of it the Creative Platform will be more performant using Apple's hardware (both platforms)... I got the impression there was more going on than just transitioning.

  2. waethorn

    I doubt you'll have much difficulty with this as time moves forward. The only thing that could throw a monkey wrench into it would be if Apple turns around and changes all of their API's on the fly, and Adobe revolts against the new API's, like they did a while back.


    I could see the ARM stuff just mean that they unify macOS and iPadOS development into a single model, since all systems in the next couple of years will be on the same silicon. ARM-based Mac's will run iPad software, so many developers will choose to just go that route immediately if they want to reach the biggest audience, while Intel development will likely just remain on a separate branch without touch support.

  3. tarosx

    Adobe made vows with that impact back when Genius X was dispatched in October. Be that as it may, nothing has been found out about it since. I would purchase Professional X in a moment if Adobe made valid on their guarantees.

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  4. jimchamplin

    Yes, when Apple makes a major Macintosh transition, customers using the previous thing get left behind very quickly. I used a Power Mac G4 as my main system for several years, but once the Intel switch happened, software support very quickly left the system behind, despite being still quite useful. The first thing that happens is Apple will release an OS version that drops support for the previous architecture as if it's just dropping an older model in their lifecycle plan.


    Then they'll update all the APIs and devs will very quickly move their apps to the new API versions and leave your older OS version behind. When the browsers ditch your OS version, you're sunk.

    • shameer_mulji

      In reply to jimchamplin:

      "software support very quickly left the system behind, despite being still quite useful."


      That usually doesn't happen until two year AFTER the transition is complete. Apple has stated that the full transition to ARM will take up to two years. So a Mac owner should still be getting software support up to 2024 at least.

      • bkkcanuck

        In reply to shameer_mulji:

        I think last time there was a transition... there were 2 major updates to macOS versions (Tiger and Leopard) that supported both platforms. The next version following... Snow Leopard... (introduced 3.5 years after the introduction of Tiger) was one processor support. That Leopard was a supported OS version up until after 7 years of support for that platform. (Apple commits to support a platform for up to 7 years and then it is considered obsolete). Software of course will continue to run even after the platform is obsolete.

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