Almost after a year of launch, Microsoft OneDrive sync is available for M1 Macs as a public preview. OneDrive is a cloud storage service that syncs users’ data across devices, however, it does not offer native support for M1 Mac models.
Apple began the transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon for Mac lineup with the launch of 13-inch M1 MacBook Air, Pro, and Mac mini in 2020 and give developers time to optimize their apps for the M1 chip, Apple introduced Rosetta 2 to run non-supported apps. Although Windows 11 works on M1 Macs via virtualization through software like Parallels Desktop which is not a supported scenario, recently it was reported that Windows 11 might be available on Apple Silicon Macs after the expiration of a secret deal between Microsoft and Qualcomm.
Like Dropbox and Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive is working on native M1 Macs support
Gradually, developers are optimizing their apps for M1 Macs like OneDrive. In public preview, developers test the feature or an app’s functionality, performance, usability, and more, and when it is deemed ready, the feature is released for general availability.
Fully optimized for M1 chip, Microsoft OneDrive will run faster and more smoothly on Apple Silicon Macs for users to conveniently sync files automatically between computer and cloud, so that their files and photos are backed up, protected, synced, and accessible on their Mac and across all devices. They can also easily share documents, photos, and other files with friends, family, and colleagues.
Other rival cloud storage services are ahead of OneDrive. DropBox has announced the release of an internal build for native M1 support and is expected to launch in the first half of 2022. Google Drive for desktop version 52.0 already offers native support for M1 Macs.
Apple’s own cloud storage service iCloud has been updated to iCloud+ which offers privacy features like iCloud Private Relay (currently in beta) that prevents companies from creating a detailed profile of users browsing activity in Safari, and Hide My Email creates unique, random email addresses that forward to your inbox.