Visual Studio Code now runs natively on M1 Macs

The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.
Enlarge / The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.

Samuel Axon

Microsoft has released a new version of source-code editor Visible Studio Code that runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs just like the MacBook Air, MacBook Professional, and Mac mini fashions with Apple M1 chips.

The change got here in Visible Studio Code 1.54 (now 1.54.1, due to a bug repair replace), which is out there as a common 64-bit binary, as is customary for apps with Apple Silicon help. That mentioned, Microsoft additionally affords downloads for x86-64 and Arm64 variations particularly, if desired.

There are not any variations in options between the 2 variations, in fact. And the non-Apple Silicon model labored simply high quality on M1 Macs beforehand by way of Rosetta, however Microsoft says M1 customers can count on a number of optimizations with the brand new binaries:

We’re glad to announce our first launch of secure Apple Silicon builds this iteration. Customers on Macs with M1 chips can now use VS Code with out emulation with Rosetta, and can discover higher efficiency and longer battery life when working VS Code. Because of the group for self-hosting with the Insiders construct and reporting points early within the iteration.

Different key options in Visible Studio Code 1.54 embrace the flexibility to retain terminal processes on window reload, efficiency enhancements within the Home windows model, product icon themes, enhancements when viewing Git historical past timeline entries, and varied accessibility enhancements.

That is the newest in a sluggish march of productiveness and energy person apps which have launched native Apple Silicon variations, reminiscent of Adobe Photoshop. However many fashionable apps are nonetheless not native, together with Visible Studio Code’s IDE sibling Visible Studio 2019 for Mac.

Nevertheless, native Apple Silicon help is predicted to come back to Visible Studio 2019 for Mac with .NET 6, which is predicted to ship in November. The primary .NET 6 preview was distributed final month.

Many manufacturers of growth and artistic manufacturing software program have dedicated to releasing Apple Silicon variations of apps, together with Adobe and Unity. However others, like Autodesk, have not made a lot noise about Apple Silicon help but.

Apple is predicted to shift its complete Mac lineup to the brand new structure by the top of 2022. Studies citing individuals aware of Apple’s plans have indicated that extra Apple Silicon-based MacBook Execs are coming this 12 months, in addition to vital redesigns for each the iMac and MacBook Air, which may also have Apple Silicon chips.