23 November 2020
Update: November 19, 2020
After falling prey to a major roadblock, the Chrome optimized specifically for M1-powered Macs is out and running well. Google has announced that the issue is now resolved and the desired version is working fine now.
Original Post (November 18, 2020)
Apple’s ARM-powered MacBooks are now available to the users. The new M1 chip developed by Apple is receiving all the appreciation for the performance it delivers. Apple provided the Developer Transition Kit, including Rosetta 2 emulation a few months before it announced the new M1-powered MacBooks. This is to allow the developers to optimize their apps for the coming Macs. And, now that Apple’s new MacBooks have arrived, developers are retooling their software to run natively on the M1 CPU instead of relying on Rosetta 2 emulation.
Chrome is one such Apple silicon-optimized app that Google released for new MacBooks. The version of this Chrome is v87 and it went available on google.com/chrome/. However, due to a bug, Google has halted the rollout for now. The bug was reportedly causing the Chrome version to crash on the new Macs. Google has now promised to make it available on Wednesday, according to TheVerge.
Google also updated its support page, informing the users that they have discovered that the version of Chrome made available for new Macs download may crash unexpectedly. Google also confirms that this only affects users who have installed Chrome on new macOS devices with an Apple (M1) processor.
Google has recommended a workaround in case if the users of the new Mac have installed the newly optimized Chrome.
Below is the recommended workaround –
- Open System Preferences.
- Navigate to Security & Privacy.
- At the top, select Privacy.
- From the left, select Bluetooth.
- Below your approved applications, select add an application (+).
- Select Google Chrome.
- Restart Chrome.
In the alternative workaround, Google tells you to uninstall the Chrome first and visit the Chrome download page again and if prompted, select “Mac with Intel chip” when downloading Chrome.
Today is Wednesday, let’s see when Google will break the news again and make available the optimized Chrome for the new Macs with Apple processor.