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Affinity 1.10.3 – ready to go on Apple’s new macOS and MacBook Pro

Available now, our latest update for macOS delivers a seamless upgrade experience for Apple users installing the new macOS Monterey, while also bringing stunning speed improvements to Affinity users operating on the new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

We’re pleased to share that our latest update for macOS—1.10.3—is primed for Apple’s macOS Monterey and for the next generation of MacBook Pros, ready to release the potential of the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. In fact, if you watched the Apple launch event on 18 October, you may have seen them use screens showing Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo as part of the presentation.

Affinity Designer running on macOS Monterey

We were the first to offer full native support for the M1 chip when it was launched and the upgrade to M1 Pro and M1 Max brings truly stunning speed improvements across our apps, even when working on complex projects.

According to Apple, the 16-core GPU in the M1 Pro and 32-core GPU in M1 Max are designed to transform a graphics-intensive workflow, and it delivers up to 5.6x faster combined vector and raster GPU performance in Affinity Photo with M1 Pro, and up to 8.5x faster with M1 Max.

The new chips further validate the vision we had more than ten years ago, that the future of GPU compute would be performance rivalling the highest-end discrete hardware, coupled with toll-free unified memory.

Affinity users can expect incredible speed improvements when using the apps on the new MacBook Pro, powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips

Additionally, the Liquid Retina XDR display—featuring ProMotion technology with an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz—on the new MacBook Pros is a game-changer for photographers. We spent most of our time trying to work around the fact that our cameras shoot a few stops more light than can be displayed properly on a standard screen, but displays like the new Liquid Retina XDR can easily display the entire dynamic range captured by dSLRs. This changes the way you develop RAW completely, not just for bracketed merge shots, but for single images. Gone are the days of compressing highlights to recover detail—fundamentally changing the way we use computers to process photographs.

The new MacBook Pro features an expansive Liquid Retina XDR display, which completely changes the way photographers can edit images in Affinity Photo

Once again, we’re super proud that the Affinity suite is at the leading edge of apps fully optimised for Apple’s new chips and macOS update (those installing Monterey can expect to see some tweaks to the UI to match the new styling).

If you own the apps already, make sure you download the latest update today for free, otherwise head over to our homepage to learn more about our professional creative software.

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