Zoom Support Has Officially Launched for M1 Apple Devices

The update from everyone's favorite video chat software added new features and improved functionality for new Apple devices.
Conor Cawley

Zoom and Apple are starting the new year off right with an update that will see the popular video chat software better integrated with the Apple's new ARM-based M1 chips.

Zoom's meteoric rise continues to be the talk of the pandemic, with millions of users still taking advantage of the platform to conduct meetings, host shows, and safely hang out with friends and family.

Given Zoom's popularity, it was only a matter of time before early adopters of Apple's M1 chip lineup would be in dire need during the holiday season of an update to keep the speeds fast and the features fresh. And luckily, they got one just in time.

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Zoom's New Update

Just before the holiday kicked off, Zoom launched an update that significantly improved the video chat platform's functionality on Apple's new ARM-based M1 processors, which include devices like the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The Zoom update release stated:

“Zoom desktop client will better support computers with ARM CPUs.”

The announcement from Zoom talked about a few other cool features, like “raise hand for host and co-host” and “poll reports during live session,” so you can get the most out of the platform on your new laptop. The video chat company also stated that a “separate installer is available for download in the Zoom Download Center,” so if you haven't already, keep an eye out for that.

How to get the new Zoom update

If you've got a brand new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini and you're itching to get Zoom up and running as swiftly and as smoothly as possible, we've got you covered. Luckily, the download process for the Zoom update is an easy one, so you won't get a headache trying to set it up.

First, head on over to the Zoom Download Center, which will offer you a list of list apps, updates, and extensions. In all likelihood, you'll be looking to download the Zoom Client for Meetings, which has a dedicated M1 device button directly below the primary option. Once you've downloaded the update, you'll be ready and raring for your next remote meeting.

Zoom Update

Zoom alternatives

Zoom has seen an unprecedented spike in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, but competitors have certainly made it interesting in recent months. Google Meet, GoToMeeting, and a number of others have added feature after feature to try and unseat everyone's favorite video conferencing platform.

Subsequently, there are lot of great Zoom alternatives out there that are certainly worth giving a try. Take a look at the table below to get an idea of what's out there, and feel free to grab a tailored quote for yourself or your business.

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User rating
Average rating given by iOS and Android users in App Store and Google Play Store reviews
Best for
Price from
The lowest starting price for a paid plan. The lowest price available for your business will depend on your needs.
Pros
Cons

GoToMeeting

Zoom

RingCentral

Google Meet

Lifesize

Webex

Zoho Meeting

Join.me

4.5
4.2
3.9
3.8
3.5
4.2
Not yet rated
3.9

Overall conference calling

Beginners

Longer meetings

Google Workplace users

Users that need hardware

Larger businesses

Zoho users

Brand-focused businesses

$14.99/month

$14.99/month

$8/month

$12.95/month

$13.50/month

$10/month

  • High quality audio and video
  • Very reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Easy to use
  • Impressive free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Lots of customizability
  • Can also be used for Glip
  • Google Workplace compatibility
  • Very affordable paid plan
  • Advanced features like live captioning
  • 1080p video and HD audio,
  • Integrates with third-party apps
  • Good value
  • Feature-rich software
  • High quality audio and video
  • Easy setup
  • No time limit on free plan
  •  Browser functionality
  •  SSL/128-bit AES encryption
  • Very customizable platform
  • Quality audio
  • Respectable free version
  • Weak free plan
  • Poor audio quality
  • 24-hour meeting limit expires in July 2021
  • 250 meeting participant limit
  • No end-to-end-encryption
  • Unsophisticated chat function
  • Occasional bandwidth issues
  • Recording costs extra
  • Expensive for full features
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Conor is the Senior Writer for Tech.co. For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.

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