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Apple’s New M1 Macs Land Native Zoom Support – Review Geek



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In every way, Apple’s new hardware with custom M1 processors is powerful, durable, and quiet. But M1

processors are based on ARM and not all software will work natively. Instead, developers must update programs to work with ARM. Until now, that meant using Rosetta to make a Zoom call on Apple hardware with an M1 processor. But Zoom’s latest update solves that problem.

Zoom has had quite a year, thanks to the global pandemic. The company went from being relatively obscure and unknown to seemingly used by half the world. We all work from home, which means more video conferencing than ever. After a few bumpy bumps in the road, the company seems to have gotten things done, and now it’s on the road to solid improvements to the service. It even made goodwill gestures, such as lifting holiday time limits.

But a video conferencing suite is only good if the places where you can use it. Fortunately, Zoom is natively compatible on most platforms from smartphones to Macs and PCs. Except, of course, for the new ARM-based Macs. Instead, you had to use Apple’s emulation software, Rosetta, to run the program. But that came with performance issues. Zoom’s new update solves that problem. The news comes via the company’s update notes in the latest macOS update.

Zoom plans to release a standalone installer specifically for MacBooks and other Apple devices with an M1 processor. But the company has made a change to use a “universal binary” scheme. “Universal binary” programs can run natively on Intel-based processors and ARM-based processors. This is convenient because you don’t have to spend time figuring out which version of the software to download.

Zoom says it has already released the update and you can download it now from the company’s site.

Source: Zoom via ZDNet




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