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How to Download & Install VLC Media Player for M1 Macs

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Apple made a breakthrough in its technology with the launch of the M1 chip in 2020. It offers a more efficient system, creating a better performance for the Mac models. Last October 2020, Apple released its first M1 Mac models.

The M1 chip in Apple’s system, marks the switch from third-party providers to its own chip. Different components in the system that are separated will be put together in the M1 chip, which will give users better battery life and excellent performance.

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With the release of the new M1 models, many app developers are getting on board. VideoLAN also announced that it is releasing a VLC Media Player’s version designed for the M1 chip-based Mac computers. Once available, users can download it and search for version 3.0.12.

The VLC Media Player for macOS Big Sur on M1 MacBook Pro and MacBook Air promises M1 optimizations, boosting its performance for Mac users. It features battery conservation and a new interface suitable to the updated look of the macOS Big Sur.


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Apart from the features above, VLC will use the Mac’s GPU to offer its users high-resolution video. Now, you can watch 4k to 8K videos using the media player. Plus, enjoy the 10-bit HDR, 360-degree video, and surround audio. The new VLC app version will also have fixes for bugs in the previous versions.

How to Download and Install VLC Media Player on M1 Macbook Air, Pro & Mac Mini

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To download the new VLC Media Player 3.0.12, go to official VideoLAN website on any browser. Click the Download VLC button.

Note that there are options for you before you download the VLC Media Player. The M1 Mac run on a new universal binary system with codes for Apple silicon and Intel. VLC is using its Intel Code and not the Apple universal binary feature.


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You can choose either the M1 version or the Intel through the drop-down menu beside the Download VLC button.

The new VLC Media Player version is available on the recent 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini.

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