Parallels 'applifies' Mac and Windows apps onto iPad

Almost since Apple turned to Intel for Mac microprocessors in 2006, Parallels Desktop has been a mainstay for Mac users wanting to run Windows alongside their Macs without having to reboot first. Now the company is turning its spotlight on the iPad with a new app called Parallels Access, which enables you to operate Mac (and Windows) apps from your iPad, as if they were running locally.

Features include the ability to launch apps; switching between desktop apps; iPad-native select and drag, scroll and copy and paste; "SmartTap" and magnifying glass; and full screen support on the iPad.

Parallels is offering Access as a service that costs $79.99 to use. Each Mac or PC being used requires its own subscription, and is accessed using an "Agent" app that is installed locally on that machine. The Access app for the iPad is downloaded through the App Store. It wasn't available for download as iMore posted this article.

If you also use Parallels Desktop on your Mac, Parallels Access with "applify" your Windows virtual machines so you can access them on your iPad, similar to how the discontinued Parallels Mobile software worked.

Peter Cohen