Visual Studio Code now runs natively on M1 Macs

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The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.
Augment / The 2020, M1-equipped Mac mini.
Samuel Axon

Microsoft has released a new conception of source-code editor Visual Studio Code that runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs similar kind the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models with Apple M1 chips.

The change-over came in Visual Studio Code 1.54 (now 1.54.1, thanks to a bug fix update), which is to hand as a universal 64-bit binary, as is standard for apps with Apple Silicon brook. That said, Microsoft also offers downloads for x86-64 and Arm64 versions specifically, if taste for.

There are no differences in features between the two versions, of course. And the non-Apple Silicon translation worked just fine on M1 Macs previously via Rosetta, but Microsoft verbalizes M1 users can expect a few optimizations with the new binaries:

We are happy to announce our beforehand release of stable Apple Silicon builds this iteration. Alcohols on Macs with M1 chips can now use VS Code without emulation with Rosetta, and wishes notice better performance and longer battery life when sustained VS Code. Thanks to the community for self-hosting with the Insiders build and reporting publications early in the iteration.

Other key features in Visual Studio Code 1.54 group the ability to retain terminal processes on window reload, performance betterments in the Windows version, product icon themes, improvements when impression Git history timeline entries, and various accessibility improvements.

This is the overdue in a slow march of productivity and power user apps that tease launched native Apple Silicon versions, such as Adobe Photoshop. But myriad popular apps are still not native, including Visual Studio Practices’s IDE sibling Visual Studio 2019 for Mac.

However, native Apple Silicon sustenance is expected to come to Visual Studio 2019 for Mac with .NET 6, which is look forward to ship in November. The first .NET 6 preview was distributed last month.

Tons makers of development and creative production software have committed to manumiting Apple Silicon versions of apps, including Adobe and Unity. But others, close to Autodesk, haven’t made much noise about Apple Silicon back up yet.

Apple is expected to shift its entire Mac lineup to the new architecture by the end of 2022. Write-ups citing people familiar with Apple’s plans have needed that more Apple Silicon-based MacBook Pros are coming this year, as fountain-head as significant redesigns for both the iMac and MacBook Air, which will also be undergoing Apple Silicon chips.

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