Opera for Mac gets M1 support, new custom shortcuts

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What you need to know

  • Opera for Mac now supports the M1 chip and Apple silicon.
  • The browser is 2x faster as a result.
  • It also has new custom keyboard shortcuts.

Popular browser for Mac Opera has today been updated with support for Apple silicon and the M1 chip, making it 2x faster on the devices like the M1 MacBook Pro.

In a press release the company stated:

When you buy a shiny new Mac, one of your key priorities is speed: you want it to load and run apps as smoothly as it can, and you want to be impressed by how seamless the experience is. While marvelling at your crisper than ever display, you also want to browse the web with freshness and speed inspired by your brand spanking new Mac. Apple wants you to be happy, and so does Opera, which is why we've made your browsing on Macs with M1 even faster. Opera now natively supports the newest line of Apple M1 processors. With the transition from Intel to Apple Silicon chips, Apple is able to gain more control over the performance of Mac hardware and the software that runs on macOS.

Opera says its browser is 2x faster compared to previous versions of its browser.

Alongside the M1 speed boost, you can now set your own custom keyboard shortcuts to access the Flow feature, which connects your computer browser with your iPhone. You can also set shortcuts for Opera's built-in Crypto Wallet and its player feature, which supports Apple Music as well as Spotify and YouTube.

Opera recently upgraded its iOS browser with a big new redesign, rebranding the app now as simply 'Opera'.

Stephen Warwick
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