Enlarge /. The Mac mini equipped with M1 in 2020.
Microsoft has released a new version of the Visual Studio Code source code editor that runs natively on Apple Silicon Macs such as MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini models with Apple M1 chips.
The change was made in Visual Studio Code 1.54 (now 1.54.1 thanks to a bug fix update), which is available as a universal 64-bit binary, as is standard for apps with Apple Silicon support. However, upon request, Microsoft also offers downloads for x86-64 and Arm64 versions.
Of course, there is no difference in functionality between the two versions. And the non-Apple Silicon version worked fine on M1 Macs previously via Rosetta, but according to Microsoft, M1 users can expect some tweaks with the new binaries:
We're excited to announce that our first version of stable Apple Silicon is creating this iteration. Users on Macs with M1 chips can now use VS Code with Rosetta without emulation and will see better performance and longer battery life when running VS Code. Thanks to the community for self-hosting with the insiders creating and reporting issues at the beginning of the iteration.
Other key features in Visual Studio Code 1.54 include the ability to persist terminal processes when reloading windows, performance improvements in the Windows version, product icon themes, improvements in displaying Git history timeline entries, and various accessibility improvements.
This is the latest in a slow march of productivity and power user apps that have brought native Apple Silicon versions like Adobe Photoshop to the market. However, many popular apps are not yet native, including Visual Studio Code's IDE sibling Visual Studio 2019 for Mac.
However, native Apple Silicon support is expected to be available in Visual Studio 2019 for Mac with .NET 6, which is expected to ship in November. The first .NET 6 preview was distributed last month.
Many development and creative production software makers have committed to releasing Apple Silicon versions of apps, including Adobe and Unity. Others, like Autodesk, haven't talked much about Apple Silicon support yet, however.
Apple is expected to migrate its entire Mac product line to the new architecture by the end of 2022. Reports quoting people familiar with Apple's plans suggest that more Apple Silicon-based MacBook Pros will follow this year, as well as significant redesigns for the iMac and MacBook Air, which also have Apple Silicon chips becomes.