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.
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 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.
Average rating given by iOS and Android users in App Store and Google Play Store reviews
The typical lowest starting price. The lowest price available for your business will depend on your needs.
Best overall video conferencing app
Ease of use
Huge feature catalogue
Google Workplace users
Third party interoperability
High quality audio and video
Very reliable and secure
Lower cost than competitors
Easy to use
Impressive free version available
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
High quality audio and video
Very customizable platform
Respectable free version
Weak free plan
Poor audio quality
24-hour meeting limit expires in July 2021
250 meeting participant limit
Unsophisticated chat function
Occasional bandwidth issues
Expensive for full features