Parallels Desktop Provides Native Assist for Apple’s M1 Macs

Do you want to run Windows on your M1 Mac? Now you can — boot at impressively high speeds.

Parallels Desktop, a Mac desktop virtualization app that allows users to run Windows and Linux operating systems and applications on an Apple computer, has released an update for M1 Macs.

The best Windows-on-Mac experience

Parallels Desktop 16.5 offers native support for new Apple Silicon Macs in addition to its Intel predecessors. It enables Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview and applications to run on a Mac with impressively fast performance. It can also be used to provide M1 support for ARM-based Linux distributions.

The software upgrade provides 30% better overall performance for the virtual machine running the ARM-based version of Windows 10 on an M1 Mac compared to a Windows 10 VM on an Intel-based MacBook Pro. The developers also find that Parallels Desktop 16.5 uses 2.5 times less energy on a Mac with an Apple M1 chip than it does on a 2020 Intel-based MacBook Air.

"Apple's M1 chip is a major breakthrough for Mac users," said Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels senior vice president of engineering and support, in a statement. “Thanks to Rosetta technology, the transition has been smooth for most Mac applications. Virtual machines are an exception, so Parallels engineers have implemented native virtualization support for the Mac with the M1 chip. This allows our users to get the best Windows experience. Enjoy on-Windows. " Mac experience available. "

The developers claim that more than 100,000 M1 Mac users have tested the Parallels Desktop 16.5 Technical Preview for M1 Macs on Windows 10 in the ARM Insider Preview. They also put "tens of thousands" of Intel-based Windows applications through their paces. These included Microsoft Office for Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Microsoft PowerBI and MetaTrader.

A perpetual license for the Standard Edition of Parallels is $ 79.99 and is available on the company's website. A free trial is available, as is the option to upgrade from an earlier version. You will also need to be running a preview version of Windows in order to achieve its full potential.

Your best choice for running Windows on M1 Mac

Since Apple Silicon is currently the end of Apple Boot Camp, which allowed Mac users to double boot their choice of macOS or Windows, this is the best choice available to you if you want to run Windows on your M1 Mac .

Unlike Boot Camp, which worked through dual booting, Parallels users can run Windows on their Mac as a virtual version in its own window.

Apple has not yet announced whether it plans to bring a version of Boot Camp to M1 Macs.

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Luke Dormehl
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Luke has been an Apple fan since the mid-1990s. His primary interests in technology are smart devices and the interface between technology and the liberal arts.

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