New Apple M1 Chip MacBook Is Out. How Does Speedify Perform?

First Impression: Blown Away by the New Apple M1 Chip on ARM Architecture

It's been one day since the new MacBook Air with the ARM based M1 processor chip arrived, and we are blown away. Since Apple first announced its transition from Intel's x86-64 to its own designed chips using the ARM64 architecture, we've been making sure our apps will be fully compatible with this new generation of devices. And now they're finally here for us to play with use and test.

Testing Speedify on MacBook Air with Apple M1 Chip

The first thing we did, of course, was install Speedify (built for Intel processors) out of the Mac App Store. It just worked. And it's fast, really, fast. On our first speed test it hit the full 350 Mbps of our Wi-Fi network.  It showed 40% of one of the M1's 8 cores busy with Speedify during this test.

So we decided to push the M1 processor a bit harder, by actually compiling the Chromium web browser on the computer, while running the speed test.  Building Chromium is a stress test for any computer, involving turning millions of lines of code in machine instructions.

But again, the M1 processor delivered: hitting 350 Mbps on a speed test while churning through building thousands of files of source code.

iOS Compatibility at Its Best

Then we decided to try the iOS compatibility, and used the App Store to install EdgeWise Connect, one of our mobile-only VPN apps.  It not only installed smoothly, but when we connected the VPN, it actually showed up as a macOS VPN and successfully encrypted and protected all the traffic from the native macOS apps running on the computer.

I think we're about done testing.  Next we'll start building ARM optimized builds for the M1 processor (not that it isn't fast enough without it!)

Testing Speedify and EdgeWise Connect with the Apple M1 Chip

The first time you install any app that hasn't been built for the M1 processor, you get a dialog like this:

Installing Rosetta takes about a second or two, and then you won't be prompted again even if you run different apps.

Here's Speedify running on the Apple M1 chip:

And here's EdgeWise Connect running on the same system:

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