One of the chief concerns about Apple ditching Intel to make their own processors is app support. After all, developers have gotten used to developing apps for x86 platforms, which means that they’ll now need to spend more time and resources creating it for the M1 chipset, which is based on ARM.
However, it seems that support for the new M1 chipsets are coming along rather nicely. In fact, if you’re a Firefox user, you’ll be pleased to learn that Mozilla has since released an update for Firefox in which it will now natively support the M1 chipset, which means that in theory, it should be better optimized compared to Rosetta 2 translating the x86 version.
According to Mozilla, they claim that their latest version of Firefox will launch 2.5x faster, while web apps will also be twice as responsive. We’ve yet to put those claims to the test, but if you’re using one of Apple’s new M1 computers, you might be interested in giving it a try. The company is also claiming that the M1 version of Firefox will offer up better battery life, although to be fair, Apple’s M1 MacBooks have already shown impressive battery life, but we suppose every little bit helps.