Google has recently released a version of Chrome that will run natively on Apple’s new M1-powered Mac devices. The rollout was originally planned on 17 November but was held back due to technical errors.
Suffice to say, this version of the web browser is designed to run more efficiently on the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini which relies on Apple’s own ARM-based M1 chip. Just like Adobe Photoshop and other third party applications, the previous version of Chrome is actually running via the company’s Rosetta emulator which allows the aforementioned devices to run Intel-based processes.
Also worth noting that this release is also Chrome version 87 that was released yesterday for Windows and macOS, which promises a boost in performance and speed. Whether the M1 compatible version of the browser provides a better experience compared to the previous Intel emulated release remains to be seen.
Users with the new M1-powered Apple Mac devices can now download this version of Google Chrome from its official website. Once at the download page, the site will prompt the user if they wish to download either the Intel or Apple Silicon version of the browser for macOS.
(Source: Google [Twitter])