Parallels Access on the iPad Pro


Parallels received its first iPad Pro the other day, and I was able to use it for a few days.

Man that screen is big!

The first thing I did was to install Parallels Access (version 3.0.2) from the iTunes App Store, and check out how well it works.

I tested Mac apps, Windows apps, the Magnifying Glass, File Manager, gestures, selections, changing resolution, the keyboard, the tutorial screens, the App Launcher, landscape and portrait orientation, etc. Basically all the features I show in my standard demo of Parallels Access. With only one exception, everything seemed to work just fine. I did not have an Apple Pencil or physical keyboard, so I could not test either of these this time.

The one thing I couldn’t do despite about a half dozen attempts was extending a text selection in Word by “grabbing” one of the selection “pins” and enlarging or shrinking the selection. The real QA engineers on the Parallels Access development team are checking this out now, in order to determine if this was my error, something specific to the iPad Pro that I used, or an issue on this new iPad model that needs to be addressed by the development team. When I have an update from the team, I will update this blog post.

In the meantime, here are some screenshots of Parallels Access on the iPad Pro. Did I mention that the screen is really big?

Parallels Access on the iPad Pro

Figure 1: Word for Windows in landscape.

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Figure 2: Excel for Windows in landscape.

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Figure 3: App Launcher in portrait.

Parallels Access on the iPad Pro

Figure 4: PowerPoint for Windows in landscape.

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Figure 5: Word for Mac in landscape.

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Figure 6: File Manager in landscape.

Parallels Access on the iPad Pro

Figure 7: Magnifying Glass in Word for Windows in landscape.

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