Apple M1 chip makes Adobe apps 80% faster, and some gains are bigger still

Apple M1 processor and performance overlay
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Apple is rolling out its new M1 processor across its hardware range. It’s designed for better performance and lower power consumption, and uses unified memory and a Neural Engine for AI-driven tasks. The M1 processor has already appeared in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iMac, where we’ve seen its performance for ourselves.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at