Mozilla issued an update to Firefox on Tuesday, and the 84th version has added support for M1 Macs, along with a few new features.
Mozilla says that using the Speedometer 2.0 test, Firefox 84 launched over 2.5x faster and web apps are twice as responsive on Apple Silicon. Here are other changes:
- The Network panel is now able to handle unexpected crashes and render useful debugging details such as a related stack-trace.
- WebRender rolls out to MacOS Big Sur, Windows devices with Intel Gen 6 GPUs, and Intel laptops running Windows 7 and 8.
Firefox now uses more modern techniques for allocating shared memory on Linux, improving performance and increasing compatibility with Docker.
The Accessibility Panel now includes an option for displaying elements in their tabbing order in order to help developers see what elements are focusable when tabbing and in what sequence.
Another notable announcement is that Firefox 84 is the last version to support Adobe Flash, which will be deprecated at the end of 2020.