Apple M1 Macs Get Unofficial Windows 10 Support And Perhaps Run It Better Than Some Windows Laptops

You can run Windows 10 on your Apple M1 Macs models using Parallels Desktop.

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Apple launched the MacBook Air and the Pro with its custom Apple M1 chip. The Apple Silicon is significantly powerful compared to the x86-powered MacBook models. Compared to the Intel x86-powered MacBooks, the M1-powered Macs did not support Boot Camp for Windows. Apple  Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, had said that the support was missing due to Microsoft’s licensing policy for Windows 10. While we wait for the official support, there is a way to run Windows 10 on M1 Macs. You can run Windows 10 on your Apple M1 Macs models using Parallels Desktop.

Apple M1 Macs users can now run Windows 10 using this tool

Apple MacBook M1 users were unable to run Windows 10 due to Microsoft’s licensing policy. However, users can use this tool until the official support arrives.

Parallels Desktops claims that its latest version brings support for running Windows 10 on the Mac. The Parallels Desktop 16.5 for Mac allows users to experience Windows 10 ARM Insider Preview on their M1-powered MacBooks. Alongside, it also supports most ARM-based Linux distributions. 

Parallels Desktop, although not the same as installing Windows via Boot Camp, could be the next best option. The company claims that users can get the “best Windows-on-Mac experience available” using its Virtual Machine (VM).

The VM is claimed to offer 30 percent better performance than a Windows 10 VM running on Intel-based MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9 processor. It is also claimed to use 2.5 times less energy than on a 2020 Intel-based MacBook Air computer.

The VM can also run Windows applications on the Mac as if they were native Mac applications, without managing two separate desktops or rebooting. You can also customise the keyboard and touch bar shortcuts as per your use case.

Until Apple M1 Macs get support for Boot Camp to run Windows 10, this tool seems to offer the next-best experience. Keep in mind that the tool is not free and you need to pay at least $79.99 a year (roughly Rs 6,000) if you are a new subscriber to the service.


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