Opera introduces native support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs

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Opera has announced that its macOS web browser now runs natively on the M1 chip, making for a speedier and smoother experience on Apple Silicon.

Although Opera could run technically on Apple Silicon devices previously, the native support makes for a faster and more efficient experience. The update on Tuesday allows the browser to run two times as fast as the previous version, Opera said.

In addition to the M1 Mac support, Opera also announced that users can set their own keyboard shortcuts to access its Flow feature, as well as the built-in crypto wallet and Player.

Compared to other browsers, Opera is known for unique features like the free VPN, a built-in tracking blocker, integrated social media buttons, and a crypto wallet. The aforementioned "Flow" feature lets users share items, links, and files between Opera on macOS and the mobile iOS version in an end-to-end encrypted format.

Opera has become the latest browser to adopt Apple Silicon support. Back in November 2020, Google Chrome introduced support for the M1 chip. Firefox soon followed with native Apple Silicon support in December 2020.

The Opera browser is available as a free download from the company's website.


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