Updated 08 Nov 2021

In late 2020, Apple began shipping their first computers powered by their own M1 processors. Apple heavily promotes the advantages of the M1 family, claiming industry-leading performance and power efficiency.

FontAgent® Mac 9.6 runs impressively on Apple’s new M1 chips now and future versions of FontAgent will take full, native advantage of the processors soon.

Macs Move to Apple Silicon

The first machines to use the new silicon were the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the Mac mini, which appeared in November 2020. The 24” iMac shipped in May 2021, and the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops followed in October, all using chips from the M1 family.

The October 2021 MacBook Pro releases featured new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. Those chips include a new display engine for driving external monitors and dedicated accelerators that speed video processing while preserving battery life.

M1-Based Macs Require macOS Monterey or Big Sur

The initial shipment of M1-based Macs ran on the Big Sur release of macOS. Apple designed its Monterey release of macOS to maximize performance and power management in the M1 Pro and Max chips that appeared later. Apple expects to complete the conversion of its entire Mac product line over to the new M1 silicon family during calendar 2022.

Mac Computers Running Apple M1 Chips



Computer

Processor
CPU
Cores
GPU
Cores
Transistors
in billions
macOS
Release
Ship
Date
Mac mini M1 8 8 16 Big Sur Nov 2020
MacBook Air 13.3" M1 8 8 16 Big Sur Nov 2020
MacBook Pro 13.3"" M1 8 8 16 Big Sur Nov 2020
iMac 24" M1 8 8 16 Big Sur May 2021
MacBook Pro 14.2" M1 Pro 10 16 33.7 Monterey Oct 2021
M1 Max 10 32 57 Monterey Oct 2021
MacBook Pro 16.2" M1 Pro 10 16 33.7 Monterey Oct 2021
M1 Max 10 32 57 Monterey Oct 2021

Which Chip Does Your Mac Run?

To see which processor your Mac is running, use the Apple > About This Mac menu command to display the dialog below.

  • If you have a new Mac with Apple silicon, you will see a Chip label and the name of the M1 chip.
  • If you have an Intel-based Mac, there will be a Processor label and the name of the Intel chip.

Applications Moving to Universal Binaries

Apple provides Rosetta 2 technology as part of macOS to enable existing Mac applications and plugins to run on their M1 semiconductors. This gives software vendors time to create Universal binaries that provide native support for both M1 and Intel chips in their applications.

FontAgent Compatibility with Mac Platforms

Insider has been testing FontAgent with Apple’s new M1 processor family to identify compatibility issues and we have identified the follow compatibility behaviors.

  • FontAgent 9.6.3 runs seamlessly on M1-powered Macs.
  • Font auto-activation functions in Adobe applications without requiring plugins.
  • FontAgent auto-activation plugins function on M1-powered Macs as expected when associated Adobe and Quark apps are running in Rosetta.
  • FontAgent 9.x and associated plugins continue to run as expected on Intel-based Macs running macOS Monterey, Big Sur, Catalina and Mojave.

Insider is working on a release that includes Universal binaries for FontAgent plugins. In the meanwhile, you can feel confident using FontAgent on M1-based Mac systems. As always, please talk to us if you have any questions.