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Wed, Jul 15, 2020 6:44 AM

Lightroom Classic: Support for Apple Silicon (ARM SoC)

I'm surprised no one has asked this question yet ;-)

What's Adob's official position regarding LRC's development on both Intel (x86) and Apple's new "Apple silicon" (ARM) platforms.

Will LRC be a native "silicon" app ? Or will it die being Intel only ?
Will dev continue on Intel ? For how long ? Will it rely only on Rosetta 2 ?
Is there a risk of incompatibility between both or even separated roadmaps and versions ?

Cheers!

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Official Solution

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2 months ago

The team is working on a native version of Lightroom Classic for Apple Silicon, and it will be released next year. We're also committed to continuing support for Intel-based Macs.

Adobe Photography Products
Quality Engineer: Customer Advocacy

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Thanks for this cristal clear info, Rikk! ;-)

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2 months ago

Why do you Assume that if LrC isn't somehow ported to Apples supposedly new processor that it will die?

I guess you haven't really look at the news articles of these new CPU's.

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Looks like you know more than me or what Adobe's plans are. Feel free to share your knowledge :-)

...but if you're still at the "supposedly new processor" stage, I'm not sure we'll know much more at the end of the day ;-)

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2 months ago

Adobe never comments on future developments, so I doubt they will comment this time. I also don’t think this is a question that needs an answer right now. Apple will support Intel Macs via Rosetta 2 for many years to come, so there is no short term question that needs an answer.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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Rosetta2 will not support Intel Macs, it will support ARM Macs. There is no need to use a such a utility for current production Apple desktops and laptops. Rosetta 2 will be used in the interim for the new processor line just as Rosetta 1 was used during the change over to Intel processors until developers can catch up with the new platform.

Secondly, this coming change sheds a little light on why Adobe has invested so much recent effort in porting the full enchilada version of Photoshop for iPad ... those tablets use ARM processors, much of that coding effort can be used for desktop and laptop units later, so in some ways, Adobe appears to be ahead of the curve.

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(Note: I’m replying when Rikk has already replied)I understand your answer, Johan, however I think the question was worth being asked. Despite many comments regarding Adobe continuing LRC’s development, the platform switch could have been a good opportunity for them to ditch Classic completely in favor of cloudy, which was already rewritten from the ground up.
Rosetta would have been a short and mid term solution, but won’t last forever. A little bit like the Aperture users some years ago.

No answer or a negative answer would have been a precious information for anyone coming to an end of it’s yearly subscription and comparing all the options on the market right now. Or searching the web as potential new clients :-)

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I disagree. If Adobe wants to scrap Lightroom Classic, then they can do so at any time. They don't need Apple's help or an excuse. Half of their Lightroom Classic customers are Windows users anyway. But you've got your answer.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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Of course they can do whatever they want, but having to completely rewrite a software they've have already rewritten for a similar app could have been the right trigger. Question asked, question answered, whether you personally care or not. Please show some respect to whom this info might be important to, being to chose their hardware, OS, DAM, software, ... or any other reason.
Windows is just out of topic...

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I fail to see where I do not show respect. For your info: I am a Mac user.

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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2 months ago

Another worry is how long will our Intel-based Macs be supported, which of course is a question for Apple, not Adobe.  If you start a chat with an Apple Sales agent at apple.com, they'll tell you eight to nine years.  Back when Apple switched from the G3/G4/G5 to Intel, it was disappointing to reach a point where all updates or upgrades required new hardware; however, it was really smooth on the Adobe side of things (I hear the coding side is a lot of work - so an extra "Thank you" to the coders of Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder, and Audition).  I imagine it will be more or less the same going from Intel-based Macs to Apple Silicon as far as Photoshop or Lightroom are concerned.