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NordVPN now runs natively on Apple silicon Macs

Flex the performance boost of Apple's powerful silicon chip while securing yourself online with the fastest VPN on the planet.

Elle Friberg

Elle Friberg

Aug 16, 2021 · 2 min read

NordVPN now runs natively on Apple silicon Macs

The NordVPN version 6.6.1 for macOS is live on the App Store and our web, and it comes with native support for M1 Macs. We’re happy to be a part of the ecosystem and offer you the best experience with your M1-powered computer.

M1 is Apple’s in-house developed chip powering the latest Mac computers. The transition from Intel processors to their own silicon ones is a monumental change, set to bring improvements in performance, speed, battery handling, and more.

To run on silicon Macs, apps aren’t required to implement native support as Apple has introduced Rosetta 2 – software that translates apps made for Intel so they can work on M1 Macs. Nevertheless, we reworked our app to ship the native version and seize the benefits of the new technology – especially as native apps tend to run more efficiently than translated ones.

For some apps, you have to select the version you need – the one for M1 chip or the one for Intel. With NordVPN, it’s so much simpler. The NordVPN app for macOS is universal, meaning it can run natively on both architectures and there are no extra steps besides a regular update you need to take to continue enjoying the top-notch performance.

So if you’re reading this blog post on your new shiny Apple silicon Mac, it’s time to update your NordVPN app!

And what if you haven’t upgraded to a silicon Mac? Let us reassure you – the app continues to run at its best on Intel-based Macs. No matter the chip, we got you covered.


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