VLC now runs natively on M1 Macs

The latest update to the ubiquitous open source media player VLC is here, with native support for Apple silicon Mac computers – the new versions of the Macbook Pro, the MacBook Air, and the Mac mini with Apple’s own M1 processor. VLC 3.0.12 also includes some visual enhancements to further align it with Big Sur, the latest version of macOS.

Mac apps don’t need native updates to work with the M1 processor as Apple silicon Macs include Rosetta 2, a translation layer that allows software compiled for x86 processors to perform surprisingly well on the newer Arm-based hardware can be. With an app like VLC, which many users rely on to play large 4K or 8K video files, the improvements in performance and efficiency can be significant.

Like 9to5Macthe new VLC is not a universal binary file, ie the arm-optimized code is not yet included by default. The regular VLC app needs to be updated to 3.0.12 and then again to on an Apple Silicon Mac to get the optimized version.

Version 3.0.12 also has some minor features and improvements for VLC on other platforms, including better support for Blu-ray tracks and fixing some crashes when using Direct3D 11 on Windows.

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