Adobe Photoshop optimized for Apple Silicon Macs is impressively fast – Test

PetaPixel tested Adobe Photoshop’s new version compatible with Apple Silicon Mac and was “really” impressed with its performance which matched or outperformed the more expensive Intel-powered computers.

“When companies like Adobe take full advantage of what Apple has created in the M1, the results are undeniable.”

In November 2020, the Cupertino tech giant launched first-generation Apple Silicon Mac models: M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Pro. The new machines have impressed the reviewers with their incredible performance, long battery life, advanced technology, and more. Even during the transition phase, switching from Intel chip to M1 chip, apps performed better on Rosetta 2. And all of that is possible because of the custom-built, Apple Silicon Mac. Now, the popular editing tool, Adobe Photoshop for Apple Silicon is out, here is the app’s result.

M1 Macs

Adobe Photoshop for Apple Silicon Mac is “really, really fast”

The tester used PugetBench Beta v0.8 benchmark which includes Photo Meger test: a data point that is important to photographers and “happens to be the M1’s superpower” on the M1 Mac mini (Adobe Photoshop for Apple Silicon and Rosetta 2), 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Dell XPS 17. The test revealed that,

An Intel-based 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 and 32GB of RAM takes about 2 minutes and 45 seconds to merge a 6-photo panorama shot on the Nikon D850 (full res .NEF Raw files). The M1 Mac mini running optimized Photoshop does this same task in 1 minute and 14 seconds. Even a $6,700 fully-loaded 16-inch MacBook Pro with an 8-core Intel Core i9 and discrete GPU takes 1 minute and 52 seconds.

Adobe Photoshop- Apple Silicon

Very impressed with the high quality and faster performance of Adobe Photoshop for Apple Silicon, the reviewer’s final verdict is that the improvement was unexpectedly good.

After the lackluster improvements that we saw when we compared Apple Silicon-optimized Lightroom against the x86 version running via Rosetta 2, we didn’t come into this test with high hopes. To see the scores jump this much, when Rosetta 2 was already doing such a great job with the x86 version of Photoshop, was frankly mind-blowing. I thought the first run was a mistake; by the 6th I was forced to start believing my eyes.

Adobe Photoshop Apple Silicon

It is also added that M1 has increased the performance bar by a lot which the other computer manufacturers have to match to compete. And when companies compete, consumers get great products.

Whether you love or hate Apple is irrelevant. This isn’t about Apple Silicon vs Intel vs AMD and whether you’re a Mac or a PC. What’s happening here is a re-igniting of competition. And when companies compete, the customers win.

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Addicted to social media and in love with iPhone, started blogging as a hobby. And now it's my passion for every day is a new learning experience. Hopefully, manufacturers will continue to use innovative solutions and we will keep on letting you know about them.

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