Firefox has lost some of its luster over time, it continues to benefit from regular updates. The latest one should interest our friends the apple crunchers. And more specifically the early adopters. Mozilla's browser now supports the M1 chip.
Presented at the brand's last Keynote, a Keynote held in November, the M1 chip marks the renewal of Apple's architecture.
Behind this cryptic name hides the very first Apple Silicon chip launched by the brand. A chip currently present on three separate machines: the MacBook Air, the Mac Mini and the MacBook Pro M1.
Firefox now supports M1 chips
Who says new architecture also says new instructions. Basically, the applications developed for Intel are therefore not supposed to work on computers equipped with M1 chips.
Apple has however done things well and macOS Big Sur thus integrates a tool capable of acting as translator: Rosetta 2. Thanks to it, Macs running on M1 chip can therefore run applications developed under Intel. With, the key, good performances. Premiere Pro, for example, runs fine on these famous Macs.
Yours truly has edited all of his latest videos on his MacBook Pro M1, with performance finally close to that of the full option 15-inch MacBook Pro.
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You just have to install Firefox 84
For their part, the developers seem to take the fold and many publishers have launched an M1 version of their applications. This was particularly the case with Google, which gave us an M1 version of Chrome just a few days after the launch of the first Macs running on this chip.
Mozilla, for its part, had remained silent, but it was to better surprise us visibly. The foundation announced this night the full support of Firefox for the Apple chip. With good performance as a bonus since it specifies in its press release that this version of its browser is 2.5 times faster than the Intel version.
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And the best part is that you will not have much to do to enjoy it: you will simply have to install Firefox 84 and restart the browser, the switch will be completely transparent.