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Illustrator and new Apple M3 Chip compatibility question

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Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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Needing to replace my 2013 iMac (old Intel with old spin hard drive! UUGH) - and right when I wzs going to purchase an iMac with the M1 chip - it disappears and now only the M3 version is available from Apple. Illustrator is my main program I use every day (work), but I cant find if it will work with the M3 chip, only that it now is native to the M1 chip. Any thoughts or knowledge on this situation? Would you jsut buy a refurbished iMac with M1 or wait it out until Illustrtator is working with the M3 chip? 

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Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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Thanks for your question, David! The major change for desktop applications running on macOS was transitioning from the Intel processors to Apple's new M-series of processors.

 

If you are planning to purchase a new Mac running the latest of Apple's new processors, then I would recommend reviewing https://community.adobe.com/t5/download-install-discussions/utilizing-adobe-desktop-applications-on-... which lists known issues running Adobe applications on the macOS 14.

 

Please be careful when transitioning from your new computer, David. For more information, see https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html for important warnings and suggestions to make the switch easier.

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Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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@Jeff A Wright 

Any idea when this page https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html will be updated?

 

It still refers to the M2 as if it was just released. We're now up to the M3. To add to the confusion, it still recommends running Acrobat, InDesign and others on the M1 because Adobe is supposedly still testing the M2.

 

It would be good if we could have up-to-the-minute compatibility information from Adobe.

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Great question, John. The statement, We also continue to test and optimize other apps for Mac computers with Apple silicon, from https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html is probably the most accurate as there doesn't seem to be wide-spread compatibility errors between the different Apple silicon processors. 

 

Apple does continue to put a lot of emphasis on M1, M2, and now M3, but they can all be classified under the Apple silicon processors. This is similar to the PowerPC processors used by Mac computers quite some time ago. For that transition, though, the branding was focused on PowerPC to Intel instead of Intel to M1, M2, or M3.

 

Beyond that, we have a separate effort to update this and other macOS-related Helpx documents and then the featured Community discussions. Look for an update to featured discussions in the Download and Install Community at https://community.adobe.com/t5/download-install/ct-p/ct-download-and-install?page=1&sort=manual&lang... once the consolidation and updates to the Helpx documentation have been published.

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