Final yr, Dropbox stirred up feelings by stating that they received’t be engaged on a Dropbox shopper optimized for Apple Silicon (M1) Macs till they see the demand for it—phrases that fortunately retreated quick, and a brand new Dropbox shopper was promised within the first half of 2022. As we roll off this yr, the M1 app is formally obtainable as a beta for anybody to obtain.
What’s the massive deal about an app being up to date for a brand new platform, the place even older apps work simply as superb? The issue is with how Dropbox works on these new Macs. Or slightly, how badly it really works on the brand new M1 Macs.
There have been so many widespread stories of efficiency points and battery life troubles that our official recommendation was to change from Dropbox to one thing that labored higher natively on the Mac.
And whereas we nonetheless stand by that, it’s not attainable for everybody to simply bounce ship. When you’ve got a long-term plan with Dropbox or are a part of a Dropbox Marketing strategy, you’ll need to make do with the app. Fortunately, that app is now at the very least optimized for Apple Silicon.
How one can enhance Dropbox on M1 Macs utilizing the beta
To obtain the Dropbox Beta, head over to Dropbox’s Discussion board web page and click on the “Normal Installer” hyperlink within the Mac OS X part (right here’s the direct obtain hyperlink). This may obtain a 900KB dmg file. As soon as that’s mounted, you’ll have the ability to obtain and set up the newest Dropbox shopper. When you’re already operating Dropbox, this installer will substitute the present model.
Betas ought to be put in with some basic warning, intestine early stories appear promising. Primarily based on preliminary assessments carried out by MacStories, the brand new M1 optimized app introduced down the RAM utilization from a whopping 4GB to a a lot better 645MB.
After putting in the brand new Dropbox app, you’ll be able to verify that it’s the Apple Silicon model by yourself. Click on the Apple button within the menu bar and go to “About This Mac”. Right here, click on “System Reviews” and go to the “Purposes” part within the sidebar. Discover the “Dropbox” app and it ought to say “Apple Silicon” proper subsequent to it.