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optimized for newer Mac with M1 chip

27 mayo, 2021

Since yesterday they are already available the new Macs with Apple Silicon (In addition to its availability in stores, the orders and reservations that were made on the Apple website have begun to be delivered).

In a somewhat silent way, Google is preparing the arrival of a version of Google Chrome for Macs that incorporate the M1 processor, and everything indicates that it will be available for download today.

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A few hours ago, if you were visiting from a Mac with an M1 processor, the web allowed you to choose between downloading the Chrome version For “Macs with an Intel chip” or “Macs with an Apple chip”:

This was short-lived and, due to “unexpected errors”, Google decided to remove the installer. Thanks to a tweet from Mark Chang, Chrome Product Manager, we know that the version of Chrome for Macs with M1 will be available today:

As Chang explains in his tweet, there is an “alternative solution” For new Mac owners who don’t want to wait a few hours for the official installer to arrive:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Security and Privacy
  • Go to Bluetooth
  • In ‘Approved applications’ press “+”
  • Add Google Chrome and restart the browser

Even if current version of Chrome works flawlessly on newer Macs (thanks to Rosetta 2), this new version is expected to offer performance improvements on these new machines.

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It is an important step, since, historically, Chrome has always been one of the black spots in macOS. Personally, I have seen my Mac suffer more when I have Chrome open with a handful of tabs than doing more “professional” processes in Logic or Final Cut.

Precisely, Firefox 83 officially arrived yesterday, a browser that offers performance improvements in page loading and initial support for Apple’s new M1 chips. From other browsers (such as Opera or Edge) we still have no news about this implementation.