Zoom With Native Apple Silicon Support Set to Roll Out Today

Zoom With Native Apple Silicon Support Set to Roll Out Today

Popular videoconferencing app Zoom will be updated with native Apple Silicon support today.

Zoom support document, shared by 9to5Mac, includes release notes for an update scheduled for release sometime today that has a mention of native support for Apple Silicon processors. Zoom will release a separate installer for the app on Apple Silicon M1-equipped Macs.

The document includes a mention of Apple Silicon support, as well as several other new features, bug fixes, and enhancements:

New and enhanced features

  • General features
    • Support for Apple Silicon processors
      Zoom desktop client will better support computers with ARM CPUs. A separate installer is available for download in the Zoom Download Center.
    • Enhanced cloud contact integration for chat/call features 
      Contacts imported through the contact integration can now be easily added as a Zoom contact. Once approved as a Zoom contact, you will have the ability to call or meet with them and see their Zoom status.
  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Enhanced nonverbal feedback and reactions
      Nonverbal feedback options are moved to the Reactions button, and all reactions will be shown in the corner of the participants’ video. The host will see each participant’s reactions in the participant list, as well as the aggregate numbers of each reaction at the bottom of the list.
    • Raise hand for host and co-host
      Hosts and co-hosts can utilize the raise hand feature along with meeting participants and webinar attendees.
    • Poll reports available during live session 
      The meeting or webinar host will now have the option to download the full poll results when the poll has ended during the live session, rather than waiting until the meeting or webinar has ended. This will launch their browser and begin the download of the CSV poll report.
  • Meeting features
    • Improved grouping of security options when scheduling
      The “Only authenticated users can join” option is now located in the Security section of the scheduling window, grouping it with Passcode and Waiting Room options to allow for easier selection and use of security features.
  • Phone features
    • Support for text messaging (SMS and MMS)
      Users with Zoom Phone Pro licenses can use their assigned direct phone numbers to send or receive text messages (SMS and MMS).
    • Enhancements for call queues with call monitoring
      If call monitoring is enabled for a call queue, members and supervisors can easily monitor their queues and use call monitoring features.
    • Call end chime
      Users will hear a chime and see a notification when a call ends abruptly, typically from poor network connection or the other caller ending the call.
    • Launch an external app or a URL for incoming calls
      Users can configure Zoom Phone to launch a specific app or URL when receiving a call. They can pass additional parameters to the app or website with % arguments; for example, name and caller ID.

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

The company says the update will be available sometime today, Monday, December 21, 2020. The update will be available from the Zoom Download Center.

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