Parallels Desktop 16.5 runs Windows 10 on an M1 chip much faster than an Intel MacBook

Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac has been launched, adding a feature that owners of M1-powered Macs have been keenly awaiting – namely support for Apple’s own silicon.

Parallels Desktop allows Mac users to run Windows 10 on their Apple device as a virtual machine, with version 16.5 adding native support for the M1 chip, delivering what the devs describe as a “seamless Windows-on-Mac experience”.

Indeed, running a virtual machine of Windows 10 on an M1-toting Mac offers up to 30% better performance compared to a MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor (going by Geekbench 5 scores).

Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac

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