Google Chrome built for M1 Macs will be available to everyone soon

A version of Chrome optimized for Apple's new ARM-based CPU was briefly available before being pulled due to a bug.

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Richard Lawler
November 18th, 2020
MacBook Air M1
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Now that Apple’s ARM-powered PCs have arrived, developers are retooling their software to run natively on the M1 CPU instead of relying on Rosetta 2 emulation. For many of us, Google Chrome is the program we use the most, and according to tweets from the team, you should be able to get an optimized version of the software shortly.

9to5Google writes that a native version of Chrome for your “Mac with Apple Chip” launched with today’s rollout of Chrome 87. However, as The Verge followed up, that version was pulled, with a support page mentioning a bug that could cause the browser to crash. Google’s Mark Chang said in a tweet that the rollout has been paused, but they anticipate restarting it on Wednesday, so you can use Chrome with even better performance and energy management.

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