Fresh out of the press, I just got a notification from Parallels. Good to see that there is progress, but as some of us assumed (including myself) there is still a lot to do, we are not even yet talking about x86-Windows …
Welcome to the Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac Technical Preview
The Parallels® Team continues to deliver cutting-edge innovations in computing technologies, and we are proud to show you a first preview version. Here at Parallels, we always want to make the product best fit your needs, saving you time and money. That’s why we would greatly appreciate it if you could send us detailed feedback, but before you start, please carefully read this page.
Meet the new Parallels Desktop
To run a virtual machine on a new Mac computer with the Apple M1 chip, the Parallels Engineering team created a new virtualization engine that uses the Apple M1 chip hardware-assisted virtualization and can run ARM-based OS in a virtual machine. Due to the significant difference between Intel x86 and ARM architectures, it’s not possible to either run existing virtual machines created on Mac computers with Intel processors or to create a new virtual machine with Intel x86 based OS.
Many Parallels® Desktop features depend on a virtualization engine and guest OS architecture and must be developed nearly from scratch for the Apple M1 chip: starting from running an OS itself, graphics, the ability to suspend/resume a virtual machine, seamless integration, Coherence mode, Shared Folders, and many more. While our team continues to work hard on bringing all of the best Parallels Desktop features to Mac computers with Apple M1 chip, we are proud to share the results we achieved with this significant milestone.
Step 1: Check what you need.
To install the Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac Technical Preview, you need:
- A Mac computer with an Apple M1 chip.
- An ARM-based operating system installation image (VHDX or ISO).
Note: This Technical Preview is limited to Mac computers with Apple M1 chip and will not install on Mac computers with Intel processors.
Step 2: Review Limitations.
As this is a new virtualization engine, there are both some fundamental technical limitations related to the Intel x86 platform, and some temporary limitations due to a work-in-progress product state. Please note well key limitations of this version below:
- It is not possible to install or start an Intel x86 based operating system in a virtual machine.
- It is not possible to suspend and resume a virtual machine, including reverting to a “running state” snapshot.
- It is not possible to use the close button when a virtual machine is running; Shutdown virtual machine instead.
- ARM32 applications do not work in a virtual machine.
Note: Please keep in mind that this is not a final product and should not be used in a business-critical environment.
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