VLC and Microsoft Edge beta now compatible with Mac M1




 The biggest editors continue their efforts to make their applications compatible with the new architecture of Macs powered by the M1 chip.

VLC is joining the game and Microsoft Edge is approaching it in beta.



 VLC: more optimized streaming




Because it is free and compatible with dozens of audio and video formats, VLC media player is arguably the most popular in its class. And here it is natively available on the latest Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.

Until now, the application has worked thanks to the Rosetta 2 emulator responsible for translating x86 instructions to ARM on the fly. However, in addition to better overall performance, native support also helps ensure better battery life. And for playing high-quality videos on a laptop, the point is not negligible.

This update in version 3.0.12 also brings some improvements for the macOS Big Sur system, including some fixes on the audio as well as on the automatic adjustment of the streaming resolution.


 read also: Apple no longer allows unofficial installation of iOS apps on ARM Macs


Safari will not have had exclusivity for very long

In mid-December, we reported that Microsoft had released Office on ARM Macs. At the same time, the publisher of Redmond published its Edge browser on the Canary distribution channel, which is at the most experimental stage.

This edition of Edge has seen daily updates, it was then posted on the Dev channel on January 7th. Less than two weeks later, here it is now available in beta from Windows Insiders.

Like VLC, Edge should therefore take full advantage of the M1 chip and provide better battery life. And this is not the only browser to invite itself on the new platform.

At the end of last year, Google also released Chrome. Concretely, it is therefore the source code of Chromium itself which is optimized for this new generation of Mac. Moreover, Brave was also made available in Canary version at the end of December.

For its part, Mozilla has deployed experimental versions of Firefox. It must be said that in April 2019, the foundation had published a beta to work natively on Windows 10 ARM64.




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