The newest Mac operating system, macOS 11 Big Sur, went live this week. The big question is, do Lightroom and Lightroom Classic work? And how about Apple with the M1 processor in the new 13″ MacBook Pros and Mac mini, will Lightroom work on that?
In this post we will look at the different Lightroom versions and how they are affected, also any related aspects that may affect your decision to upgrade to Big Sur.
Big Sur has been used by quite a number of testers as a beta version, but there may be additional issues that haven’t been found yet. We’ll keep this blog updated as any additional problems are found.
Lightroom Desktop (the cloud-based version)
Lightroom Desktop 4.0 (cloud service) is compatible with macOS Big Sur. Desktop 3.x has not been tested. Earlier versions are not supported by Adobe.
Apple M1 processor:
Lightroom Desktop 4.0 (cloud service) is not officially supported running under Rosetta 2 emulation mode. Native support is promised by Adobe in 2020.
Lightroom Classic 10.0 is compatible with macOS Big Sur. Classic 9.x has not been tested. Earlier versions are not supported by Adobe.
Apple M1 processor:
Lightroom Classic 10.0 is not officially supported running under Rosetta 2 emulation mode. Native support is promised by Adobe in 2021.
Often the bigger issues tend to revolve around driver support for related software. As we get updates we’ll update this blog.
Contour Shuttle Pro – currently awaiting a driver update to work with Big Sur, check their website for updates.
Peripherals to check
- Printer drivers
- Scanner drivers
- Wacom tablets
- Backup software compatibility (ChronoSync is already compatible with version 4.9.12)
As we gather more feedback we’ll continue to update this blog.
For extensive information on Lightroom Classic, see Adobe Lightroom Classic – The Missing FAQ.
If you have the Photography Plan, then as well as Classic you have access to the Lightroom cloud ecosystem including the mobile apps and web interface. For more information on these apps, see Adobe Lightroom – Edit Like a Pro.
Note: purchase of these books includes the first year’s Classic or cloud-based Premium Membership (depending on the book purchased), giving access to download the latest eBook (each time Adobe updates the software), email assistance for the applicable Lightroom version if you hit a problem, and other bonuses.
We also have a special bundle offer for the two books. This includes Premium Membership for the first year as described above for the whole Lightroom family!