It’s been almost a year since Apple first launched its Apple Silicon-based Macs. The underlying change in architecture meant that developers had to update their apps to Apple Silicon. While most popular apps were quick to do so, the file synchronization and sharing service Dropbox has pulled its feet in this regard.
Frustrated Dropbox owners have been complaining about the lack of Apple Silicon support for a few months now. One might have thought that Dropbox was working on support for M1 Macs, and it just took its own time on this.
As it turns out, the story is completely different as Dropbox engineers have not yet considered adding M1 support to their Mac app. A Dropbox representative said in a support thread that “this idea needs a little more support before we share your proposal with our team.”
Dropbox wants more Mac users to first vote for an 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.
User Grant6 wrote:
This attitude worries me. I understand the need to prioritize work based on customer demand and that Apple has mitigated the transition to the M1 chip, but the underlying reality is that The entire Apple MacBook series now runs on the M1 chip, which means that any Mac app that does not run on that architecture runs on borrowed time.
While Dropbox for macOS runs fine during Rosetta 2 translation, it requires more RAM and resources than necessary. The issue can be easily resolved if Dropbox updates the client with M1 Macs support.
The Dropbox team has been slow to introduce new features and changes. Their client still does not support Dark Mode, a feature that is now present in almost all other macOS apps. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith suggested in a tweet that there are other variables at play here, but then Google has already updated its Drive sync client with M1 Macs support.
Not at all the whole story. There are technical problems and negotiations at stake. It should come as no surprise that Apple does not really want companies making kexts anymore https://t.co/MtudQja0xG
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) October 28, 2021