Thanks to the virtualisation approach of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac, users can take advantage of the performance improvements of Apple's M1 chip to run applications faster and more efficiently. Performance observations include:

  • Up to 250 per cent lower power consumption: Parallels Desktop 16.5 on a Mac with an Apple M1 chip will consume 2.5 times less power than a 2020 Intel-based MacBook Air computer.
  • Up to 60 per cent better DirectX 11 performance: Parallels Desktop 16.5 will run on a M1 Mac and deliver up to 60 per cent better DirectX 11 performance than an Intel-based MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro 555X GPU.
  • Up to 30 per cent better Windows 10 performance: Running a Windows 10 virtual machine on ARM Insider Preview on Parallels Desktop 16.5 on an M1 Mac performs up to 30 per cent better than a Windows 10 VM running on an Intel-based MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9 processor.

Anybody with a Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac license can get an automatic update to Parallels Desktop 16.5 at no additional cost. And when new full versions of Parallels Desktop for Mac are released each year, active subscription customers will receive free upgrades to support the latest operating systems, hardware, and innovative Parallels Desktop features.