Serif Rolls Out Affinity 1.8.6 Update for macOS Optimized for M1 Chip

Serif has just announced the release of 1.8.6 update for the macOS versions of its Affinity apps, which is fully compatible with the latest Big Sur release and is also optimised for M1, Apple’s newly-launched chip specifically designed for the Mac.

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The update will allow users to install Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, and Affinity Publisher on the upcoming M1-based 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini machines.

Developers say customers with M1 can expect a more responsive user experience with respect to painting, pixel editing, filter effects, document rendering, and more. 

“To sum it up, M1 makes our apps run faster, smoother and feel more responsive than ever before (we’ve already even seen speed increases of over 3x faster running on the new MacBook Air). It’s definitely a big step forward for Mac, and we can’t wait to see how the rest of the Mac range develops with Apple silicon in the future.”

If you own the apps already, you can download the Affinity 1.8.6 update for free.