Today, Adobe has released the first version of Photoshop designed to run natively on M1 Macs, and the company promises significant speed improvements in the new version. Along with this, Photoshop on iPad has gained two new cloud features, and Camera Raw has gained an interesting new feature dubbed "Super Resolution."
M1 Macs have shown a lot of potential for performance improvements (particularly relative to cost) and impressive battery life. Today, Adobe has announced the availability of the first native version of Photoshop for M1 Macs, and it promises some impressive speed improvements, with resource-intensive features like Content-Aware Fill running about 1.5x faster on average. There are a few features that are not yet available in the M1 version of Photoshop, such as Preset Syncing and Invite to Edit Cloud Documents. The company advises that if you need these features that you use Rosetta 2 until they are available.
All versions of Photoshop will now also have access to Super Resolution in Camera Raw. Leveraging machine learning that has been trained on millions of photos, this new feature promises to enlarge images while preserving edges and details, effectively increasing the resolution of photos. This feature is powered by the GPU, making it run much faster.
Lastly, Photoshop for iPad users will now enjoy Cloud Documents Version History and Cloud Documents offline access. The first feature allows users to browse and revert back to different versions of files that are up to 60 days old. Users can select certain versions so that they don't expire as well. Users can now also store cloud documents offline as needed.
You can read more on Adobe's official blog post here.