Dropbox’s latest beta has added native support for Macs with M1 processors, 9to5Mac reports. The addition was confirmed by a Dropbox community manager on the company’s forums, and we verified it by installing the latest beta version of the macOS app. You can grab it yourself from this Dropbox forum.
The service has always worked on Apple’s M1 Macs, but until now it had to use Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer. This allowed the macOS app, originally designed for old Intel-based Macs, to run on machines with Apple’s new M1 processors. Offering native M1 support should help Dropbox deliver better performance and consume less power when used with Apple Silicon devices. That said, Rosetta translation is so fast that you may not notice a difference in everyday use (we haven’t done that yet).
Dropbox was one of the last high-profile holdouts that still didn’t support Apple’s ARM-based processors. In October, there was some controversy after forum posts from company employees suggested that more customers should request a native M1 version before the company develops it. The outcry that followed called for: Dropbox CEO Makes Public Announcement that an M1-optimized version of the company’s macOS app would arrive in the first half of 2022.