This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Parallels have revealed that it is actively working on a new version of its virtualization software that is compatible with Macs with the Apple silicon "M1" chip.
On November 10, the company published a blog post called "Parallels Desktop for Mac with Apple M1 chip". In it, the company praised the Apple M1 chip, saying it is "excited to see the performance, power efficiency, and virtualization features" that are brought to the Mac, but also said that the current version of its virtualization software ("Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac") cannot run virtual machines on Mac with Apple M1 chip.
Nevertheless, Parallels says their new version of Parallels Desktop which runs on Mac with Apple M1 chip has made "tremendous progress" since Apple silicon was announced at the developer conference WWDC in June. They switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code. The company has also expressed that it is "eager to try" the new app on the M1-equipped MacBook Air, Mac mini, and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
The company also expressed surprise at Microsoft's announcement that it will soon be adding support for x64 apps in Windows 10 for Arm. This may imply that the company is working on this project independently of Microsoft.
This blog post did not specifically foretell that Windows 10 virtual machines will run on Apple silicon Macs. But Parallels has a proven track record of rebuilding its virtualization software from the ground up and getting official support for it, even after third-party kernel extension support was discontinued on macOS Big Sur.
Even if Parallels clears up the technical issues, in order to run a Windows 10 virtual machine on a Mac, ordinary users will still need to license it from MS. If it's Windows 10 for Arm, it's essential for Microsoft to change its existing policy of "licensing to OEMs only", but the company gave a response that was somewhat implied.
Or is Parallels considering running Intel's version of Windows 10 on the Mac with the M1 chip instead of the Arm version? It's stated that x86_64 virtual machine apps won't run on the Apple Silicon Mac's Rosetta 2, which would be a major technical challenge, but we're hoping for that as well.
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