Apple unveiled its M1 Apple Silicon yesterday at its “One more thing” event, according to Apple this new chip is more than just an upgrade for the Mac from Intel chips, but is a “breakthrough”. Apple is setting the bar extremely high for new Macs running its custom SOC, but there are also some questions remaining.
Apple has made it a priority since announcing the Macs transition to Apple SIlicon in WWDC that developers have the tools they need to move their apps over to the new architecture. From offering devs a Mac Mini developer kit, to also providing technologies like Rosetta 2. Now with the new chip officially out, and new Macs running them shipping next week, we are learning more about the actual differences between it, and Intel processors.
Apple confirmed that Apple Silicon chips for example will not be compatible with external GPUs, and now we’ve learned that at initial launch, virtual machines will also not be supported. In a blog post the SVP of Engineering and Support for Parallels, which develops one of the most popular virtual machines for Mac announced that at launch, virtual machines will not work on Apple Silicon.
The posts say that thanks to Roeseeta technology, Parallels Acces, Parallels Toolbox, and Parallels Client programs work on the new chips. But that Parrleles Desktop for Macs will not work yet, and that a supported version is “already in active development”.