Parallels Desktop for Mac with Apple M1 chip


Apple’s “one more thing” event on November 10, 2020, revealed the first Mac computers powered by the Apple M1 chip.   

Parallels is excited to see the performance, power efficiency, and virtualization features that are brought to the Mac with the Apple M1 chip. The transition to Mac with the M1 chip should be smooth for most Mac applications, thanks to  Rosetta technology. Fortunately, Parallels Access™,  Parallels® Toolbox, and Parallels® Client software worked smoothly even before Parallels rebuilt them as  universal binaries. However, virtual machines are an exception. It is important to note that currently available versions of  Parallels® Desktop for Mac  cannot run virtual machines on Mac with the M1 chip. The good news: a new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac that can run on Mac with the M1 chip is already in active development. With a subscription of Parallels Desktop, you’ll always have access to the latest versions. 

When Apple Silicon Mac was first announced during the keynote at  WWDC on June 22 of this year, Apple  demoed a Parallels Desktop for Mac prototype running a Linux virtual machine flawlessly on Apple Silicon. Since WWDC, the new version of Parallels Desktop, which runs on Mac with the Apple M1 chip, has made tremendous progress. We switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code; and the version that we are eager to try on the new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13″ looks very promising. Parallels is also amazed by the  news  from Microsoft about adding support of x64 applications in Windows on ARM.  

As our customers know, Parallels cares deeply about the quality of our software products and the experience they provide. With macOS Big Sur and the new Mac with Apple M1 chip becoming available, we will continue to do more extensive evaluations, both in our lab and with your help via the Parallels Technical Preview Program. If you are interested in exploring the Preview Program, click the button below, register or sign into a Parallels account, and be among the first to try it.  

If you are not yet ready to purchase a new Mac with the Apple M1 chip, or participate in the Technical Preview Program, but would like to get all the latest news about Mac with Apple M1 chip supported by Parallels Desktop, simply let us know when you complete and submit the form after clicking the Subscribe button below.   

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