Native support to VLC for Mac computers with Apple M1

The latest update for the open source and equipped media player VLC has been released. With this update, Mac computers with Apple Silicon; native support for Apple M1 processor MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini. The release of VLC 3.0.12 also introduces some tweaks that are compatible with the new visual design of Big Sur, the latest version of macOS.

Mac apps do not require app updates that natively support use with the M1 processor. Because the Rosetta 2 conversion layer on Mac computers running Apple Silicon makes software compiled for x86 processors work surprisingly well on new Arm-based hardware too. But for an app like VLC that many people use to play 4K or 8K video files, there will be notable improvements in performance and efficiency.

As the 9to5Mac site points out, the new VLC does not include a universal file system. Thus, the code optimized for Arm is not supplied by default. First of all, normal VLC application should be updated to version 3.0.12, then 3.0.12.1 update is required to get the optimized version on Apple processor Mac computer.

VLC 3.0.12 version provides some minor features and improvements for VLC on other platforms. These include better support for Blu-ray playback and fixing some crashes when using Direct3D 11 on Windows.

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