Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac Technical Preview officially launched
Dec 2020

Kirsten Thomas

Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac Technical Preview officially launched

The M1 version of Mac uses the new ARM architecture, so it is impossible to install the x86 version of Windows through Bootcamp, and the virtual installation of Windows is a more feasible method, and the most anticipated one is Parallels Desktop.

Parallels Desktop m1

Today Parallels announced the launch of Parallels Desktop 16 for M1 Mac Technical Preview, which is the first beta version. You can learn how to realize the use of virtualized computers under M1. If the user has registered earlier , he will receive an E-mail notification today.

However, the official said that due to the different core technologies, the Virtual Machine built on x86 can no longer run in M1. Moreover, the M1 version of Parallels Desktop 16 cannot run any x86 version of the OS, including Windows x86 version. However, some foreign netizens have used the Technical Preview to try to run the ARM version of Windows in the Windows Insider Program, and they have successfully installed and run successfully.

geekbench M1 8core

Parallels ARM Virtual Machine running the Windows ARM version also appeared on Geekbench, with a single-core score of 1490, and a multi-core score depending on the user's setting. The 8-core setting can reach 6218 points. This score has surpassed the current Surface Pro X real machine running scores that use ARM processors!