Firstly, I wanna say I love Cubase, I’ve been using it for over 10 years. Best DAW.
But every year I’m disappointed with the lack of support for new yearly releases of macOS and now with M1 it’s the same thing. This is inexcusable.
Apple does everything it can to provide developers with adequate time to test/update their apps in time for the new OS release. Usually 5 months, Big Sur beta came out in early June and released on November 12, 2020.
They also are very open to collaborating with large developers on getting their apps up to speed. I’ve even seen then rollback minor changes to updates that directly effected essential parts of dev’s apps. This is not always the case but the lack of communication coming from Steinberg we don’t even know if Cubase or other DAW’s have dev reps at Apple that they collaborate with on audio/music changes. With Apple wanting to appeal to Pro users so much this should be the case.
Other Mac apps update to the new OS with no problem and they cost way less than Cubase and are just as complicated. Affinity Photo is an example of a large app that usually does this successfully on day 1 of new MacOS releases.
Apple has a developer beta program for this very reason.
There’s no reason why we should be choosing between:
- The security updates
- Major privacy improvements
- Enjoyment of better quality of life improvements
- Compatibility with other devices
- New features
Because an expensive DAW app doesn’t have day 1 (or even month 1 would do) support of a new operating system.
For example with the M1, they were given even more time. Apple last year released Dev Kit’s with Apple Silicon chips in June, and it’s been over 14 months and Cubase still doesn’t natively support Apple Silicon.
And I feel that there isn’t enough communication from Cubase devs too, we just get the usual random post on the blog that the new OS isn’t supported yet once it comes out.
Then months later usually in Q1/Q2 of the following year we finally get support.
Steinberg should have a team dedicated to testing new OS versions as soon as the beta is out by Apple every June, so that they can have day 1 support, which usually comes out when the new version of Cubase is released
I would also love to see more communication from dev’s more frequent dev updates, maybe a dev blog or something.
I love Cubase and I just want better OS support, we’re in 2021. Cubase isn’t the only one of course, there’s many apps especially in audio/music that lag in supporting new OS updates. But I think this is an area Cubase can massively improve on.
Thanks to Steinberg and all the great work the devs do. I know they can listen and improve, excited for the dongle less future.
I’m hoping we can get macOS Monterrey support sooner than previous macOS updates.
Thank you for attending my TED talk.
A long time user.