[July 5, 2021] For the past 15 years, Apple has been using Intel processors, and many of their computers still do. In November 2020, Apple began offering new desktop and notebook computers that are instead powered by Apple silicon, starting with the M1.
Although Mac computers with Apple silicon offer substantial performance benefits, they are not currently compatible with some Avid products, including Avid Media Composer as well as many other third party plugins.
Additionally, Microsoft Windows cannot run natively (via Apple’s Bootcamp software) as it does when using an Intel based Mac, making Windows-specific rendering applications like Revit, Solidworks, Enscape, and Rhino either completely unable to launch, or run with severe instability and/or reduced performance.
If you are (or plan to be) using any of the above software for your course work this coming school year, we recommend either purchasing an Intel based Mac or waiting as long as feasibly possible to see if your software is updated to be fully compatible with Apple silicon. If you end up choosing a Mac with Apple silicon, please also make sure you have the required RAM and storage specifications as indicated on the Computing Requirements page.
You can also Google your software title with “Apple M1 compatibility”
If you are considering upgrading your current Mac to macOS 11, Big Sur, please keep in mind that you may experience incompatibilities with some of your software.
Before upgrading, we recommend that you check the website of the software vendor for any applications that you often use. For example, various applications by Avid are not fully compatible at this time, including Media Composer, some Pro Tools plugins, and others.
To date there have been reports from users experiencing issues with some applications, particularly with older versions. This is often due to the fact that macOS 11 Big Sur will only run 64-bit applications (similar to macOS 10.15 Catalina), meaning that older 32-bit applications such as Adobe CS5 (Illustrator CS5, InDesign CS5), Microsoft Office 2011, Aperture and Final Cut Studio (7) will not work.
Yes, Big Sur is compatible and supported
Yes, as long as you are using the latest Papercut client and have the Lexmark universal printer drivers installed. See Setting up the the Green Print Queue for details.
Software titles that are posted on Sheridan's AppsAnywhere software portal have been tested for compatibility with Big Sur, but we still recommend that you check the software vendors website for any specific applications that you use often before upgrading.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the IT Service Desk at ext. 2150 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.