What you need to know
- A new version of Parallels complete with M1 Mac support is here.
- The new version brings a big performance update and huge energy savings.
Parallels has today announced that the new version of its Windows virtualization software will bring full native support for Apple's M1 Macs and Apple silicon, delivering huge performance boosts and energy savings.
In a press release the company stated:
"Apple's M1 chip is a significant breakthrough for Mac users", SVP of Engineering and Support Nick Dobrovolskiy said, hailing Parallels' engineers who have worked to implement native virtualization support for the Mac and its M1 chip. Parallels said that it had received "enthusiastic feedback" about the Technical Preview of Parallels for M1 Mac and Windows 10 on Arm. According to them, the new update and M1 will use 250% less energy than a 2020 Intel-based MacBook Air, whilst delivering up to 60% better performance with DirectX 11 compared to an Intel-Based MacBook Pro with Radeon 555X GPU, and 30% better virtual machine performance compared to a Windows 10 VM running on a MacBook Pro with an Intel i9 processor.
The 16.5 update of Parallels is available free to anyone who already owns version 16.
All editions of Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac can be bought from Parallels.com (opens in new tab).
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple.
Sadly this isn't such a great development for me. The only reason I use Parallels is to run a Windows VM so I can have Visio on my Mac. Since Visio is not ported to Windows 10 for ARM this Mac user will just have to stick with his Intel Mac running Parallels with straight up Windows 10.
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