Will Parallels die when ARM takes over?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by TresF, Dec 8, 2018 at 9:24 AM.

  1. TresF

    TresF Bit Poster

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    I love Parallels. I favor it to any competing software for Desktop productivity (more than VirtualBox, VMware, KVM).

    But this wired article (which was similarly rumored back in 2014) which explains Apple's plans to switch Desktops to ARM A8 chips by 2020 has some merit:

    https://www.wired.com/story/apple-quitting-intel-processors/amp

    I hate to speculate but will ARM offer x86 emulation by then? This article about a joint venture between Microsoft and Qualcomm makes it seem like it's a possibility, if they can clear the legal implications:

    https://www.extremetech.com/computi...m-devices-will-run-x86-code-near-native-speed

    I'm a software developer and I use a Mac combined with Parallels virtualization for everything. I have dozens of VMs for various versions of Windows and Linux and they all work great. This news terrifies me.

    I wasn't a Mac user back in the PPC->Intel transition but I remember "universal" binaries still being a thing long after the transition. Worse, the very option of virtualization is going to die with the architecture switch unless we all decided to install Windows ARM and Linux ARM which seems less like a solution and more ike an exercise in denial. :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018 at 9:33 AM
  2. Michael@Parallels

    Michael@Parallels Parallels Support

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    Hi Tres,
    We develop our product in close connection to Apple, but we didn't receive such information. Anyway, if Apple decides to do some significant changes we should be aware of it in order to do the changes from our side to coincide. So, we assume there's no need to worry about it.
     

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