optimized for newer Mac with M1 chip

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.

Better Chrome performance with the new Macs

A few hours ago, if you were visiting google.com/chrome 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”:

If you want to use Chrome on new Macs with Apple M1 chips, head to https://t.co/uIyDy5PSMS and download the Apple Silicon version we released in M87 today! pic.twitter.com/11uDaIYUR4

– Elvin ?️‍? (@ elvin_not_11) November 17, 2020

This was short-lived and, due to some “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:

We hit a bit of a snag with our rollout of the M1-native build of Chrome, so to keep our users in a good place, we paused that rollout and will pick it up again tomorrow. If you already have the M1 build, we have a workaround https://t.co/t5igTxF6Cm

– Mark Chang (chamchang) November 18, 2020

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

Though 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.

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.