Visual Studio Code 1.53 is out, without final Apple Silicon support

5 February 2021 • 10:00

I was really looking forward to the January 2021 release of Visual Studio Code (aka, version 1.53). I’ve been running on Insider’s builds of Code since I got my M1-based MacBook Pro and was hoping to be able to move back to the release train. Unfortunately, a last-minute bug squashed the team’s plans to release an Apple Silicon build.

We originally planned to push the Apple Silicon builds to Stable this iteration. However, late in the iteration, users reported that on macOS Big Sur 11.2 loading a WASM module crashed the extension host.

Darn it. Don’t get me wrong. The Insider’s builds are almost always pretty stable, and I haven’t had an issue. But, I would like to stop downloading a new version every day or two.