Firefox 84 gains Apple M1 SoC support

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 16 2020 @ 11:15 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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More and more software is getting native support for Apple's M1 SoC. The latest example is Firefox 84, this version promises big performance gains on the new Mac computers. According to Mozilla, M1-based Macs can expect 2.5x faster application startups and twice the responsiveness in web apps.

Firefox 84 also delivers WebRender for MacOS Big Sur, Windows devices with Intel Gen6 GPUs, and Intel laptops running Windows 7 and 8. Mozilla is now supporting an accelerated rendering pipeline for Linux/GNOME/X11 for the first time ever. Additionally, the browser also uses better shared memory allocation techniques on Linux and promises better performance and compatibility with Docker.

Firefox 84 contains some security updates and is the final version to support Adobe Flash. Adobe will end support of Flash Player on December 31, 2020.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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