The Mozilla Foundation announced that Firefox version 84 – the latest update for 2020 – is bringing native support for M1-powered Macs.
Based on a benchmark with SpeedoMeter 2.0, it is clear that browser operation is 2.5 times faster than before, and web applications respond 2 times faster than they did in the previous version of Firefox, which was not intended for the M1 processor.
Mozilla says: If you are running Firefox on your Mac and want to make sure that the original version is running, you need to update to the latest version, Firefox 84, and then exit and restart Firefox.
Firefox support for Apple’s Arm architecture comes on the heels of Chrome, which added support for the new M1 processor shortly after the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini were introduced in November.
Firefox 84 is the latest version to support Adobe’s Flash Player, which got the latest update scheduled last week.
You need to install the Rosetta 2 package, which allows Macs with M1 processor to run applications that are not yet officially supported, for backward compatibility; This is because it is necessary to stream content from DRM services, such as: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus, or Netflix.
Firefox 84 also includes Mozilla’s faster 2D GPU-based rendering engine named WebRender, which is now compatible with macOS Big Sur, Windows devices with 6th generation Intel GPUs, and laptops running Windows 7. And Windows 8.
The new version also uses modern technologies to allocate shared memory across Linux, improving performance and increasing compatibility with Docker.
It is reported that the Mozilla Foundation suffered recently from layoffs for a large number of its workforce, but it continued to work and release new features for its browser.