How to check Apple M1 optimized apps on your Mac device

Apple recently shifted to a new Silicon chipset which is based on the ARM architecture and stopped using the chipsets from Intel. The Cupertino based tech giant recently launched three new devices powered by Apple Silicon’s new M1 chipset- MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. As of now, these are the fastest Mac devices that you can get your hands on right now and these are also cheaper than the Intel models.

In addition to this, the new M1 based Mac devices are expected to give better battery life than the older Mac devices. As Mac devices are now switching to the ARM architecture the apps should be compatible in order to work smoothly without any issues or bugs. The company has also introduced Rosetta 2 that translates x86 apps to M1-compatible.

So now the Apps which are properly optimized for the M1 Based Mac devices are marked as “Universal”  whereas the others which were meant for the Intel devices and need Rosetta translation to work are marked “x86”. If you want to check which apps are optimized for your M1 based Mac there are some methods that allow you to do that.  Hence, in this guide, we are going to show you How to check Apple M1 optimized apps on your Mac device. Without waiting further, let’s get started.


How to check Apple M1 optimized apps on your Mac device

Method 1

Step 1: Open the Finder App and head to the Applications folder.

Step 2: Search for the App for which you want to check the compatibility. Once you find it, right-click on the app and then click on the “Get Info” option.

Step 3: Under the “General > Kind:”, look for the label “Intel” or “Universal” to check if the app is optimized for your new M1 Mac.

Method 2

This method can come in handy if you want to check compatibility for the entire list of Apps that are installed on your Mac. Follow the steps given below to see how it’s done.

Step 1: Head to the “About this Mac” option by clicking on the Apple logo from the top left corner of your screen.

Step 2: In the overview tab click on the “System Report” button.

Step 3: In the new window, go to Software > Application. Here, you will see all your apps and determine if they’re Universal apps or not.

That’s all, folks! How is your experience with your new M1 based Mac so far? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share this guide using the social media buttons.