Google is gearing up to launch a new Chrome browser for new MacBooks with Apple’s M1 chip. This Chrome version will run natively on Apple’s ARM-based devices. If you download and try to install Chrome on a new MacBook, you will have the option to either choose a version for Mac with Intel chip or Mac with Apple chip. This has been confirmed by Chrome product manager Mark Chang.
While Google has already rolled out the new version of Chrome, users may find some difficulty using it as it’s unstable. “Earlier today we updated our Chrome download page to include a new version of Chrome optimized for new macOS devices featuring an Apple processor. We’ve discovered that the version of Chrome made available for download today may crash unexpectedly. This should only affect users who have installed Chrome today, and only on new macOS devices with an Apple processor,” said Google in its support page.
Googlehas promised to roll out an improved version soon. For now, new MacBook users can select “Mac with Intel chip” when downloading Chrome.
Chrome is known to be resource intensive. A new version of Chrome mahy just help it run more efficiently on new MacBooks with M1 chips.
Meanwhile, Google claims Chrome to be faster with latest improvements. According to Google, Chrome now starts up to 25% faster, loads pages up to 7% faster and does all of this using less power and computer memory than before. Chrome now prioritises active tabs versus everything that’s open — reducing CPU usage by up to 5 times and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours.
Google said it is also adding tab search to the toolbox.”Many people use tabs to organise their stuff online. This range of utility is why you can pin tabs (for those go-to pages), send tabs to your other devices and even group tabs in Chrome,” it added in a statement.