Something to look forward to: After months of waiting, Dropbox users can finally download a beta version of the desktop app that runs natively on Apple’s Arm-based processors. Users can get it by upgrading to early versions, although Dropbox doesn’t specify what improvements this version brings.
Apple says its transition from Intel’s x86 processors to its Arm-based processors has resulted in better performance and lower power consumption in applications that run natively on it. Since then, users have waited for their favorite programs to release ports to Apple silicon.
Google Drive started natively supporting Apple silicon with version 52.0 last October. Around the same time, Dropbox users started asking when that cloud storage program would release a native version of Apple’s silicon, and the company Recount 9to5Mac that it was in testing but wouldn’t be available until 2022.
This week, Dropbox published a version of beta 140.3.1903 for Apple Silicon. The macOS offline installer for this beta has two versions, one for Intel and one for Apple Silicon. To get it as automatic update, opt for early versions on the desktop app.
Dropbox users can sign up by opening the desktop app, clicking on their avatar, going to Preferences > General, then switching to early versions. It is not clear how Dropbox improves to run natively on Apple silicon compared to the Intel version in compatibility mode. The company had no timeline as to when a public M1 version would be ready.