With M1 Macs mere days away for early adopters, those who need to run virtual machines on their Macs may have a bumpy time ahead.
Parallels, VMWare confirm Apple M1 support amid silence from other virtualization companies By Mike Peterson Nov 11, 2020 Parallels is actively working on a new version of its virtualization. Now runs on Intel and Apple M1 chip 1Available in Parallels Desktop for Business & Pro Editions Over 7 Million Users and Praised by Experts “It’s always been astonishing that it’s faster to start up a Parallels PC than a real one. Even the free VirtualBox environment is still quiet about an Apple Silicon version. That’s why I was happy to see that there is a VM environment that works on M1 Macs – UTM. It’s free to download or $9.99 on the Mac App Store. UTM also works on “the other Apple Silicon”, with versions of both iOS and iPadOS.
It is important to note that currently available versions of Parallels® Desktop for Mac cannot run virtual machines on Mac with Apple M1 chip. Good news: A new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac that can run on Mac with Apple M1 chip is already in active development.
When Apple Silicon Mac was first announced during the keynote at WWDC on June 22 of this year, Apple demoed a Parallels Desktop for Mac prototype running a Linux virtual machine flawlessly on Apple Silicon. Since WWDC, our new version of Parallels Desktop which runs on Mac with Apple M1 chip has made tremendous progress. We switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code; and the version that we are eager to try on these new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13″ looks very promising.
VMWare Fusion isn’t ready yet either, according to this tweet:
So excited for todays announcements from @Apple!
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While we're not quite ready to announce our timeline, we're happy to say that we are committed to delivering VMware virtual machines on #AppleSilicon! pic.twitter.com/en1FNorxrM
— VMware Fusion (@VMwareFusion) November 10, 2020
Even when these and other virtualization tools are ready,1 running Windows as a VM atop a M1 Mac probably isn’t going to be. So far, all the public has seen running virtually on M1 Macs is ARM-based Linux, back at WWDC.
Microsoft has a version of Windows running on ARM chips, but as of this summer, things didn’t look great for getting it to run virtually on the new Macs:
“Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. We asked Microsoft if it plans to change this policy to allow Windows 10 on ARM-based Macs, and the company says “we have nothing further to share at this time.”
That said, ARM Windows is getting better. Back in September, Microsoft announced that the ARM version of Windows 10 is gaining x64 emulation:
We are excited about the momentum we are seeing from app partners embracing Windows 10 on ARM, taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. We heard your feedback and are making Microsoft Edge faster while using less battery, and announced that we will soon release a native Microsoft Teams client optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. We will also expand support for running x64 apps, with x64 emulation starting to roll out to the Windows Insider Program in November. Because developers asked, Visual Studio Code has also been updated and optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. For organizations, we’re committed to helping them ensure their apps work with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps on ARM64 devices with App Assure.
Before this, the ARM version of Windows could only emulate 32-bit applications. It’s a nice improvement, and maybe one day it will matter to Mac users.
- Oh, and Boot Camp is totes dead. Docker is currently busted, but should work in the future. ↩
Advisory: VMware Fusion does not yet work on Apple's new M1 chip
Apple has released their latest hardware with their new M1 chip. VMware has released Fusion 12 (and patch 12.1) - software that allows Mac users to run Windows 10 virtual machines on their macOS devices - to address compatibility issues with Big Sur, but has not yet released a version or an update to address compatibility issues with Apple's new M1 chip.
From VMware (December 2020):
How do macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon affect VMware Fusion?
As announced in August 2020, VMware released an update to Fusion that includes support for Big Sur and several other upgrades. Fusion 12 uses kernel extensions on macOS Catalina but supports macOS Big Sur using Apple’s hypervisor and APIs to run its virtual machines and containers. Fusion 12 includes other upgrades like eGPU compatibility, support for running and building container-based apps, Kubernetes clusters and more. Check out our blog post titled “Ready for Testing: Updated Tech Preview with Big Sur Support” for more information.
Vmware Fusion Apple M1 Chip Driver
The other big question is how M1 chips in host devices will affect guest VMs on Fusion running Windows and other x86 operating systems. Our colleagues over on the Fusion team have said “While we’re not quite ready to announce our timeline, we’re happy to say that we are committed to delivering VMware virtual machines on Apple Silicon!” So, stay tuned to the VMware Fusion Blog and Twitter account for the latest.
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