After sixteen major releases, you might think there’s not much left to be added to Parallels Desktop – and for the vast majority of Mac users who are still using Intel CPUs, there isn’t. For them, this update to the popular virtualisation software tidies up a few bugs and adds support for the latest version of the Linux kernel, but that’s largely it. Overall it’s not even consequential enough to warrant a full ticking up of the version number.
Yet arguably, this is the most significant release of Parallels Desktop since it first appeared in 2006. Just as version one unlocked the potential of Apple’s then-recent switch to the Intel architecture, this one breaks new ground by allowing you to install and run Windows 10 on Apple Silicon.
They conclude it’s a great first release, but that it still has ways to go.
I am disappoint that there is no mention of 3D acceleration. Presumably there is an accelerated driver available (otherwise Parallels wouldn’t be able to map the UI elements of Windows 10 to the OS X desktop, it would be very hard to do if Windows 10 was drawing pixel-by-pixel using the CPU), but there is no GPU-Z screenshot or benchmarks so we can see how it all performs.