Apple’s M1 Macbooks now get support for Parallel Desktop 16.5

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Parallels Desktop 16.5 version is finally out enabling Apple fans to run Windows 10 on their M1 Macbooks. The new version of the app brings full native support for the Macs with Apple M1 or Intel Chips. The latest version of the App delivers better performance and battery improvements on M1 Macbooks.

“Over 100,000 M1 Mac users tested the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for M1 Mac and ran Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview, as well as tens of thousands of different Intel-based Windows applications – including Microsoft Office for Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Microsoft PowerBI and MetaTrader.”

“The virtualization approach for Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac enables users to benefit from Apple’s M1 chip performance advancements – applications run faster and more efficiently.”

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Subscribers of the Parallel desktop virtual machine software, can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 16.5 to run Windows 10 on ARM without any additional cost. The highlights of Parallel Desktop 16.5 include:

  • Up to 250 percent less energy used: On a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, Parallels Desktop 16.5 uses 2.5 times less energy than on a 2020 Intel-based MacBook Air computer.
  • Up to 60 percent better DirectX 11 performance: Parallels Desktop 16.5 running on an M1 Mac delivers up to 60 percent better DirectX 11 performance than on an Intel-based MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 555X GPU.
  • Up to 30 percent, better virtual machine performance (Windows): Running a virtual machine (VM) of Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview on Parallels Desktop 16.5 on an M1 Mac performs up to 30 percent better than a Windows 10 VM running on Intel-based MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9 processor.

With Apple migrating to its M1 chip, all the features of the Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac have now been re-engineered for the Apple M1 chip.

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