Here’s Why Dropbox Doesn’t Support Apple’s M1 Chip (It’s a Good Excuse) – Geek Review

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Without the Rosetta emulation layer, Apple’s M1 chip wouldn’t work. Rosetta enables M1 ARM engineering Run the x86 program Without any hiccups, which reduces the need for developers to create original versions of Apple Silicon for their apps. There is only one problem – the Rosetta simulator can eat up RAM and power. And after a year of enjoying the M1, Mac users are annoyed that Dropbox failed to launch the Apple Silicon version of its app.

A large number of major applications still lack proper M1 support. Discord is a great example, but Mac users target their frustration at Dropbox, and they are justified in doing so. drop box Eat through battery life When running on the Rosetta, an issue we learned about shortly after the M1 was launched.

Despite this issue, Dropbox apparently ignored the existence of Apple Silicon, and more recently Asking customers to “vote” To get the M1 version of its software. Any company familiar with the general computer market should understand the importance of native Apple Silicon applications. So what’s wrong with Dropbox? Can’t she just use Apple’s fancy tools to recompile his software for the M1?

Well, Dropbox probably isn’t as ignorant as we think. as explained Steve Troughton SmithHowever, Apple’s Silicon architecture presents some snags for developers like Dropbox, particularly when it comes to kernel extensions (an extra code that runs when you turn on a Mac). Apple is asking M1 users to do this Manually reduce security settings to allow kernel extensions on their devices, although the process was more lax in previous versions of macOS.

Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox, tweeted to emphasize that Apple Silicon presents new technical challenges. He even mentioned that Dropbox “has been working on M1 support for a while,” which is nice to hear. (However, he did not specify any technical challenges the company is facing. His claim that Dropbox was working on M1 support also contradicts Several functions in the Dropbox support forum.)

Altogether, Dropbox seems to have a good excuse for its current lack of M1 support. But there are still some questions left – namely, why Google hasn’t had this kind of problem adding M1 support to it Drive desktop app?

Now Drew Houston says Dropbox will get native Apple Silicon support in the first half of 2022. But that’s a long way off, and to be honest, it looks like Dropbox has hit that arbitrary deadline to satisfy mobs of complaining Mac users.

If you are tired of taking Dropbox on your M1 Mac battery and can’t wait half a year for Apple Silicon support, I suggest you find a new cloud storage solution. In most cases, this means Transport your stuff to iCloud or Google Drive. Sorry, Dropbox.

Source: Steve Troughton SmithAnd Drew Houston via 9to5Mac

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