After beta testing version 143.4.4161 of its macOS app with native support for Apple Silicon earlier this year, Dropbox has finally released the update for all Mac users.
New Dropbox update features support for M1 Macs
When Apple first announced Apple Silicon in June 2020, many developers started working on adding native support for the M1 lineup to their apps. However, Dropbox was no one of them.
In October, an official Dropbox support thread shared on Twitter suggested that the company had no plans to natively support Apple Silicon Macs, almost a year after the first models with the M1 chip were released. Prior to this update, the Mac app for Dropbox only ran on M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max Macs under Rossetta, which drains battery life and requires a ton of RAM. This led to a lot of complaints being made by M1 Mac owners.
At the time, Dropbox insisted that a large number of community members would have to vote for native Apple Silicon support for the company to implement it. The cloud service then y responded to upset customers with the confirmation that it is working on native M1 support. “We’re certainly supporting Apple Silicon, sorry for the confusion. We’ve been working for a while on a native M1 build which we aim to release in H1 2022. (And agree the responses in the support thread were not ideal),” Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston said in a tweet.
Version 143.4.4161 of Dropbox for macOS comes with support for the Apple Silicon. The app will update automatically for users so there will be no need to reinstall it.
Dropbox natively supports Mac computers with Apple silicon (M1), leveraging its improved performance and efficiency to run seamlessly on your Mac device. All users with Apple silicon devices will receive the native version of Dropbox automatically.
Apps that feature native support for Apple Silicon can use the M1 chip and its variants to the fullest. This means the software will require less power which results in longer battery life.
You can download the latest version of the Dropbox app from its official website here.