Posted By Paul Kafasis on November 24th, 2020
Today, we have an update especially for users of Apple’s brand-new M1 chip-based Macs. We’re pleased to announce the availability of Universal public betas for all of our products. These updates will run natively on the new Apple Silicon-powered machines, providing the best possible performance.
To get the public betas, just visit our Status page. There, you can scroll down to the desired product to find the relevant download. We’re still working on these updates, so if you find any rough edges, be sure to report them using the support form in the “Help” menu.
A Note on Getting ACE Authorized for M1 Chip-Based Macs
If you use Airfoil, Audio Hijack, Loopback, Piezo, or SoundSource, you may already be familiar with the name “ACE”. ACE is the audio handling component which powers these applications, making it possible for them to capture and adjust audio from other apps on your Mac.
On MacOS 11 (Big Sur), installing ACE for the first time requires authorizing it with the OS, and on M1 chip-based Macs, that setup has a few extra steps. The in-app installer provides an overview and will get you up and running in just a few minutes.
Fortunately, it’s a quick process, and it’s only required once. After you’ve authorized ACE for any app, you’ll be able to update and install our other apps with no further settings adjustments required.
Using MacOS 11 (Big Sur) on Intel-Based Macs
In our post last week, we also noted that our entire product line had initial compatibility with the new Big Sur. While testing continues, we have thus far found no issues with our software running on Big Sur.
Updating your Mac’s operating system should always be done with caution, particularly if you have a production setup. That said, we’re confident our products are ready for Big Sur. As always, make sure you have the latest versions.
Still More to Come
After we’ve had more time to test and refine, the public betas will be followed by officially supported releases. All of our software has built-in version checking enabled by default, so be sure to keep that on, and always run the newest version.