Add another high-end photo editing application to the list for Apple M1 Macs. Capture One has announced that Capture One 21 is now ready for Apple Silicon. A new update, available now, allows the popular editor to run natively on the M1 chip.

When Apple announced its silicon and the new M1 Macs, which currently comprise MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac models, Apple remarked how simple it was for software to be ported from Intel to Apple's silicon. It was a far deal more complicated for some software, such as Capture One.

Capture One says that given the power of Apple's M1 chip, and the 'seismic shift' the new technology represented, it was time to 'completely rethink' its software. To get Capture One running natively on M1 Macs and for it to take full advantage of the hardware, Capture One had to go further than ever before.

Capture One had to be rearchitected from the ground up. Today's update a fundamental redesign of the software and one that Capture One believes is well-positioned for the future. As Capture One writes, 'the future looks fast.' Capture One on an M1-powered Mac has many impressive performance improvements. The new Advanced Imported is 50% quicker. Key tools such as Crop and Rotate are twice as fast. Making local edits with brushes and using Style Brushes is smoother than ever.

With the recent release of a redesigned M1-powered iMac, Apple's lineup of M1 Macs includes MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac models. Redesigned MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models are reportedly in the works, too. Capture One states that the work it has done rebuilding Capture One for M1 Macs makes it well-suited for future M-series chipsets as well.

'After Apple's announcement it was transitioning the Mac to Apple silicon, we felt that was the best time to completely rearchitect Capture One for the future,' said Capture One CEO Rafael Orta. 'With our typical dedication to the craft, we brought together our deep understanding of photography post-processing, our powerful software and the Mac's beautiful hardware, to deliver speed improvements for users of Capture One 21. And this is just the beginning. We're incredibly excited for how we can continue to optimize Capture One for even greater performance, which will allow us to better serve image creators.'

The new Capture One 21 update is available now to all existing users. If you'd like to learn more about Capture One on M1 Macs, Capture One's David Grover will be chatting with Sune Rastad Bahn, Senior Engineer on the Capture One R&D team. Sune was a key part of the team that worked hard to get Capture One running natively on M1 Macs. The video premieres this morning and can be seen below.

You can learn more about Capture One 21, visit Capture One. If you have yet to try the software for yourself, click here to download a free trial.