Chrome goes 64-bit in latest update for Mac

Chrome has been updated for Mac users, adding 64-bit support for OS X users and a number of stability and performance improvements. Additionally, the latest build also adds new extension APIs. The latest update brings Google's browser to version 39.0.2171.65.

As with Chrome updates, things should happen automatically, but if you don't yet have the latest browser version available, you can head to the Chrome download page to grab it.

Source: Chrome

Chuong H Nguyen
11 Comments
  • Revolutionary ... what would we do without google?!!
  • Long overdue, but welcome Sent from the iMore App
  • I've really gone off using Chrome recently.
    Maybe its their smug chrome-way-or-the-highway approach which crippled IE and seems to be a lesson not learned..
    Or something else.. Meh.
    I'm using Safari at home more and Firefox dev edition on my work machine..
  • It may do better at the standards but with WebKit and all the crazy extensions, ironically Chrome works worse than Internet Explorer 11! I use both all the time and Chrome won't let me watch YouTube videos while IE does. Even at school the teachers have to use IE because Chrome doesn't work. Posted via iMore App
  • Chrome's been 64 on the Mac for the last 6 months or so. What am I missing? Plus it's incredibly inefficient when it comes to battery life compared to safari which is also 64.
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but that was the beta, which I agree was buggy and unstable. Let's see how this goes.
  • Whenever I use Chrome the fans on my 2014 MacBook Pro go crazy. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'm on Safari and don't miss Chrome at all. But I'm sure Google wishes they could continue to spy on me.
  • Chrome is just so battery consuming compared to safari. Sent from the iMore App
  • I use Chrome on my Macbook Pro as my default browser. Updated last night to the new 64 bit version and I can see a noticeable performance improvement. Unlike the other commenters on this thread, Chrome does not consume a lot of resources on my Mac and cause my fans to constantly run. I plan to run a few speed tests against on my machine using the latest 64 bit Chrome, the latest Firefox as well as the latest Safari (I'm running Yosemite) tonight and see which one comes out on top. Note that I'm less concerned about battery. I'm usually plugged in and when I'm not, it is only for 2 to 4 hours at a time which is well within the range of my battery. If I remember, I'll post the results of my test here after I'm finished - in case anyone is interested.
  • Here are the results of my tests. The URL is listed for each test used and the three browser's performance is listed in the order from best to worst for each test. Test machine is a Macbook Pro, late 2012 model, i7 quad core processor with 8 Gb ram running Yosemite and the latest official versions of all 3 browsers. Chrome Version 39.0.2171.65 (64-bit)
    Firefox Version 33.1.1
    Safari Version 8.0 (10600.1.25) Based on the test results for my machine and my personal preference I'm going to be sticking with Chrome for now. http://www.speed-battle.com/speedtest_e.php
    Firefox: 1344.59
    Safari: 873.71
    Chrome: 574.98 http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com
    Chrome: 4775
    Safari: 4489
    Firefox: 4147 http://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html
    Safari: 158.9ms +/- 4.5%
    Firefox: 170.6ms +/- 3.1%
    Chrome: 251.2ms +/- 5.3% http://v8.googlecode.com/svn/data/benchmarks/v7/run.html
    Chrome: 22620
    Safari: 21361
    Firefox: 20910 http://octane-benchmark.googlecode.com/svn/latest/index.html
    Chrome: 26014
    Safari: 21786
    Firefox: 20508