Following Apple’s One More Thing event, Parallels’ Senior Vice-President of Engineering and Support Nick Dobrovolskiy released a blog post detailing the development of Parallels Desktop that would be supported on Macs running on Apple’s M1 chip. Dobrovolskiy detailed that current versions of the software would not be able to run virtual machines on M1 chip supported devices.
However, Dobrovolskiy has clarified and said that a new version is in active development. During WWDC, Apple demoed a prototype version of Parallels Desktop running on what would become the M1 chip. Since that time, Dobrovolskiy has said the company has “switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code”. The development of a new version is said to be tremendous. The company has also been excited about the news that Microsoft will be supporting x64 applications in Windows on ARM.
Dobrovolskiy has assured users of Parallels Desktop that the company will continue conducting extensive evaluations as macOS Big Sur and new Mac products featuring the M1 chip release. Parallels will also be taking feedback from members of the Parallels Technical Preview Program.
During the One More Thing event, Apple revealed that its very own silicon will power a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini.