VLC, the popular open-source media player, has received an update that brings native support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs. VLC was previously available for Intel-based Macs, and was running fine using Rosetta on the new M1 chips.
With M1-chip support, VLC should perform better and more efficiently than before. The update also features a few fixes for macOS including audio distortion, EQ bands, and UI issues in bookmarks window. There are also slight user interface modifications to make it look nicer on macOS Big Sur.
VLC for macOS gets native M1 chip build
Here are all the macOS related release notes from this update:
* Fix audio distortion on macOS during start of playback
* Add native support for Apple Silicon / ARM-64
* Visual UI adaptations for macOS Big Sur
* Fix displaying EQ bands in the UI depending on which frequency
presets are set for the EQ in advanced preferences
* Fix UI issues in bookmarks window
You can download the new update from VLC website, or by opening the app and going to menu bar > VLC media player > Check for Update. Note that the first update will download the universal build, which is version 3.0.12. You will have to check for update again to download 18.104.22.168 which is Apple Silicon compatible.
Here are iThinkDifferent, we personally prefer using IINA player as it has a much nicer user interface, however, it is not available as a native Apple Silicon app yet. An experimental M1 chip compatible version can be downloaded here.
Check out other apps that have been updated with native support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs:
- Brave browser gets native support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs
- Chrome for Apple Silicon M1 Macs is now available
- Zoom updated with Apple Silicon M1 Mac support
- Pixelmator Pro 2.0 launches with native Apple Silicon support, performance improvements and design refresh
- iMazing app updated with Apple Silicon and ProRAW photo format support
- Firefox 84 released with support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs
- Office for Mac updated with Apple Silicon M1 Mac support
- Firefox Nightly released with native Apple Silicon Mac support