Google Chrome: a version optimized for Apple M1 chips deployed… then withdrawn

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Google yesterday rolled out an optimized version of Chrome for new Macs running Apple M1 processors. This version of the browser did not last long, victim of “unexpected crashes”.

An optimized version of Google Chrome for Apple M1 has appeared… before being withdrawn due to stability problems //


If Google Chrome for Intel / x86 processors works on Macs equipped with Apple M1 chips, in particular thanks to the Rosetta 2 emulation tool, Google discreetly rolled out a version of its browser optimized for the new processors designed by Apple at the start of the week. for the Mac. Deployed automatically through a simple update to Google Chrome x86 and spotted by users mentioned by 9to5Google, this optimized version of the browser was also available for manual download through an alternative "Mac with chip" installation option. Apple”.


If you want to use Chrome on new Macs with Apple M1 chips, head to https://t.co/uIyDy5PSMS and download the Apple Silicon version we released in M87 today! pic.twitter.com/11uDaIYUR4

— Elvin ?️‍? (@elvin_not_11) November 17, 2020

However, we learn from support for Google Chrome that this new version had to be removed following what Google describes as “unexpected crashes”.



Provisional back-pedalling exercise for Google

“Earlier today, we updated our Chrome download page to include a new version of Chrome optimized for new macOS devices with an Apple processor. We have discovered that the version of Chrome made available for download today may crash unexpectedly,” Google explained in a blog post posted yesterday.

For users who have already migrated to the Apple M1 version of Chrome, Google describes a manipulation supposed to solve the stability problems encountered.

You have to go to the "System Preferences" of macOS, then go to the "Security and Privacy" category, and finally select the "Privacy" tab (at the top of the page). In the headings displayed on the left side of the window, go to “Bluetooth”. All that remains is to click on the "+", select Google Chrome, add it, and finally restart the browser for the changes to apply.

An update that affected Chrome 87

Google explains that if this manipulation is not enough to stop the crashes, a complete uninstallation of Chrome for Apple M1 is recommended. You will then have to reinstall the classic Intel/x86 version of the browser. It's unclear when Google will resume the large-scale rollout of this version of Chrome optimized for new Macs.



As 9to5Google points out, this update was only for version 87 of Google's browser. On macOS, the latter modified, among other things, the round icon of Chrome to make it adopt the square format required for macOS 11 Big Sur, deployed last week.


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