AutoCAD gets native support for Apple Silicon and boasts a 2x speed boost

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Autodesk's AutoCAD design and engineering tool gets native support for Apple Silicon M-series processors in 2024 release.

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT are the latest professional applications to be natively supported by Apple Silicon. This results in faster loading and rendering times throughout the application.

According to an Autodesk press release, Apple Silicon supports M1 and M2 series processors. AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT applications continue to support Intel, but the Apple Silicon versions boast a 2x performance improvement over the 2023 version.

“AutoCAD for Mac 2024 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2024 deliver incredible new performance improvements with the ability to run AutoCAD on Apple Silicon,” says Dania El Hassan, Director of AutoCAD Product Management, Autodesk. “It's great to see how customers can now take full advantage of the latest hardware and M-series chips for faster performance.”

AutoCAD for Mac 2024 costs $245/month or $1955/year. The cheaper AutoCAD LT for Mac 2024 is $60/month or $485/year. Autodesk is offering a 30-day free trial to new customers.

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