It’s been almost a year since Apple first launched its Apple Silicon-based Macs. A major change in the architecture meant that developers had to update their applications for Apple Silicon. While most popular apps have done this quickly, the Dropbox file synchronization and sharing service is procrastinating in this regard.
Frustrated Dropbox owners have been complaining for months about the lack of support for Apple Silicon. One might think that Dropbox is working on support for M1 Macs, and he just spent his time on this.
As it turns out, the story is completely different as Dropbox engineers have yet to consider adding support for the M1 to their Mac app. A Dropbox spokesman said in a support topic that “this idea will need a little more support before we share your proposal with our team.”
Dropbox wants more Mac users to first vote for the M1 client before its engineering team starts working on the project. This has really frustrated many Dropbox users who are not happy with the company’s response.
This attitude worries me. I understand the need to prioritize work based on customer demand and that Apple has eased the transition to the M1 chip, but the basic reality is that The entire Apple MacBook line now runs on the M1 chip, which means that any Mac application that doesn’t work on that architecture runs on borrowed time.
While Dropbox for macOS works quite well under the Rosetta 2 translation, it requires more RAM and resources than needed. The problem can be easily solved if Dropbox updates the client with support for M1 Mac.
The Dropbox team has been slowly adopting new features and changes. Their client still does not support Dark Mode, a feature that is now present in almost every other macOS application. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith suggested in a tweet that other variables are in play here, but Google has already updated its disk to sync the drive with support for M1 Macs.
Not a complete story at all. Technical problems and negotiations are at stake. It should come as no surprise that Apple doesn’t really want kexts companies anymore https://t.co/MtudQja0xG
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) October 28, 2021
Update: The CEO of Dropbox answered this question by saying that the company is indeed working on an Apple Silicon version of the client.
We definitely support Apple Silicon, sorry for the confusion. We have been working for some time on the original M1 version that we intend to release in the first half of 2022 (And we agree that the answers in the support topic were not ideal)
– Drew Houston (@drewhouston) October 28, 2021
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