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Apple Silicon Computer Compatibility

Published October 29, 2020 / Updated Nov 18, 2020

Apple has announced its plans to move away from Intel-based x86/x64 CPU solutions to instead use a custom-designed, RISC-based solution (aka “Apple Silicon”) now known as the M1 Chip. This coincides with the release of macOS 11.0 Big Sur, which supports both Intel and Apple Silicon hardware.

Starting with Big Sur macOS 11, Apple introduced Rosetta v2, which allows applications to run in an emulated mode. Our tests revealed performance problems when using our software with Rosetta v2 (emulation mode), therefore we do not recommend Apple Silicon Macs for use with any Presonus applications at this time. 

Read more about Rosetta v2 emulation here:

PreSonus is committed to supporting Apple’s new hardware and will continue to update our customers as this situation progresses. As new information becomes available we will update this page accordingly. We suggest bookmarking this page for future reference.


macOS Big Sur Compatibility for the current Intel based Macs can be found HERE.

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