mnguyen wrote:Thanks for the Update. I'm definitely excited to see how things develop!
At one point, I remember hearing during the AC24 presentation in the summer that Graphisoft had one of the developer kit MacMinis which I assume had the M1 chip in it? Any chance Graphisoft could discuss their roadmap for Apple Silicon compatibility? For now, we have to assume that AC24 will be running through Rosetta until AC24 is optimized for the M1. Just wondering, because the performance tests that a bunch of Youtubers are doing are showing the M1 to be a game changer.
Thank you for the question!
I would like to clarify one key detail here: the Apple Transition Kit was equipped with an Apple A12Z Bionic, which is the same chip found in the 2020 iPad Pro (which is not a big difference compared to the A12X on 2018 iPad Pro). This is not the same as the M1 chip found in the latest Macbooks and Mac Mini. At the same time, macOS Big Sur was still in an early development state back then, therefore the integration between software and hardware was not optimized.
Currently, we are thoroughly testing the M1 chip to see how Archicad works on the new chip with Rosetta 2. There will be an article about the compatibility roadmap for Apple ARM very soon, followed by another article with detailed performance review of the M1 chip later this year.
Thank you very much, and stay tuned!
Technical Support Engineer
According to our plans a full commercial release of Archicad natively running on the ARM architecture is to be expected in 2022.Honestly, I find this timing a bit disappointing. I really thought that a universal version wold be possible with the launch of ArchiCAD 25 (at mid 2021) or immediately later.
LaszloNagy wrote:OK, I didn't be aware of this. Thanks for let me (and others) know this.
Graphisoft depends on multiple other companies before it can do that.
LaszloNagy wrote:This was more obvious for me. But as most rumours points to new and more powerful AppleSilicon based Macs in 2021 Q2, I thought and hoped Archicad 25 realise timing would be perfect for a ARM native Archicad too. But I haven't considered the point above.
Another thing to consider is the M1 chip itself. It has a maximum of 16 GB of RAM, ...
... and will be based on newer Apple Silicon chips, which should be announced later this year.