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Apple’s new M1 chip

Started by THRASH, January 13, 2021, 11:07:54 AM

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New guy here with a question.  Trying to learn as much as I can. Does anyone run xLights on a Mac with the new M1 chip?  I ask because I spoke to an Apple rep and they said since the chip is so new, to check with the developer to make sure the M1 chip is compatible. I admit I don't yet understand how this all quite works. I need a new computer to work on Chrismtas for 2021 as I currently only have an iPad Pro. I'd hate to get a new MacBook with the M1 chip only to find out it can't currently do what I would need it to do....xLights sequencing etc. 
Thanks ahead of time for any responses and info!

dkulp

The M1 works great for xLights.  It's extremely fast for its price point.  

The only downside right now is the lack of the VAMP plugins for the M1.    You can work around it by running xLights with Rosetta as the plugins would work that way, but rendering is then about 30% slower.   Thus, you could create the VAMP timing marks with rosetta and then flip back to native ARM for the "core" part of the sequencing.   I'm hoping to try and get the Queen Mary plugins compiled for Apple Silicon at some point, but haven't had enough time to really pursue it.
Daniel Kulp - https://kulplights.com

THRASH

Thanks for the info. Sounds like I'll be good to go with the M1 chip for now and with time it sounds like it will suit my needs to use with xLights in its full capacity. Looking forward to learning and getting this all figured out.  Lots to learn.

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