With Apple moving to its own proprietary processor – the M1 – after years of using Intel chips in its iMac and MacBook computers, Mac users are asking for clarification…Will legacy software and apps like Cricut Design Space work on the new generation of Macs? Is the Cricut compatible with M1 Mac processors?
Happily, the answer is yes.
With every new M1 Mac sold, Apple has included software called Rosetta 2, which will update the compatibility of apps originally programmed for old Intel Macs so they run on new M1 Macs.
The question of Cricut Design Space compatibility with M1 was first asked on Reddit forum r/cricut. Many users were able to confirm that Design Space was working normally on new Mac machines running the Big Sur OS. Some users reported that they were having connectivity issues between their Cricut machines and their computers. But, most reported that the problems had been eventually resolved.
I have recently upgraded from a Mac Pro running OSX 10.15 (Mojave) to an M1 Mac mini running macOS 12 (Monterey), and the installation of Design Space was easy and without any surprises.
Video: How to install Design Space on a M1 Mac
Should Cricut users be taking any precautions before upgrading Macs? Your projects should be ready for you when you log in on a new Mac. (As long as you have your password to Design Space)
Similarly, if you are an M1 Mac user curious about a new Cricut machine, don’t worry about any compatibility. The Rosetta code resolves any conflict between the original software and the new M1 chip.
One important thing to note, as of June 2021, not all new Mac computers sold have the M1chip. Currently, the Macbook Air and Pro 13″ have the chip installed, while the 16″ MacBook pro still has an Intel processor.
(The iPad pro also runs the M1 processor. The rest of the iPad family is run by Apple A14/A12 Bionic chip.
Is Silhouette software compatible with M1 Macs?
Silhouette users can breathe the same sigh of relief when loading Silhouette Studio onto a new iMac or MacBook. Silhouette’s design software will run normally on new Macs with the M1 processor and the Big Sur OS 11.