Not sure if this is just me, but AE 2021 takes (I timed it) a minute and 45 seconds to load when launched from Xcode. I have bootcamp and running AE from Visual Studio takes just over 30s. I've tried the following:
reinstalled the adobe suite
installing an older version of Xcode
removing all 3rd party plugins/scripts
tried AE version 2020
can't try older versions of AE as versions < 2020 don't run on OSX
No dice. I know it's possible to run AE and then attach Xcode to the process, and AE does launch quicker this way, but attaching still takes time and has to be done manually. When you launch AE 50 times a day, the load time really adds up.
I posted previously about having to wait up to 30 seconds after AE finishes launching due to scripting blocking access to the UI thread, but had 0 responses so maybe it's just me and this isn't normal.