Parallels Desktop for Macs with Apple’s M1 chip… soon

Parallels has published an article in their Blog on the availability of a version of Parallels capable of running virtual machines on new Apple computers with the M1 chip.

Parallels is impressed with the performance, energy efficiency, and virtualization capabilities that come with the Mac with Apple’s M1 chip. The transition from the Mac to the M1 chip should be smooth for most Mac applications thanks to the technology Rosetta.

Fortunately, Parallels Access, Parallels Toolbox, and the Parallels software client were already working fine before Parallels recompiled them as universal binaries. However, virtual machines are an exception.

It is important to note that current versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac they cannot use virtual machines on the Mac with the M1 chip. The good news: a new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac that can work on Macs with the M1 chip is already in active development.

When Macs with Apple Silicon were announced during WWDC 2020 on June 22, Apple showed off a prototype of Parallels Desktop for Mac using a Linux virtual machine without any problems.

Since WWDC, the new version of Parallels Desktop that works on Macs with the Apple M1 chip has come a long way. We converted Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code, and the version we are looking forward to testing on these new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13 ″ promises a lot.

Parallels is also delighted with news that Microsoft will add support for 64-bit applications on Windows with ARM.