Parallels has released version 16.5 of Desktop for Mac, the virtualization software for macOS. This program is able to run various operating systems in a virtual machine, especially Windows, but also other OSes, such as Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris. Desktop for Mac is also able to run a Windows installation that has been placed on the Mac via Boot Camp as a virtual machine. The changelog for this release can be found below.
Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip
Issues reported by Parallels Desktop users:
- Resolves an issue with virtual machines having no Internet connection when they are configured to use the Shared Network setting.
- Resolves an issue with the mouse pointer moving slowly in virtual machines configured for games.
- Resolves an issue with the mouse pointer becoming sluggish.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Tools sometimes hanging during the installation.
- Resolves an issue with color noise sometimes appearing on the screen after the Parallels Tools installation.
- Resolves an issue with green boxes in the HiP2P IP camera software.
- Resolves an issue with an Ubuntu 21.04 virtual machine not booting after updating the kernel to 5.11.0.
- Resolves an issue with the Installation Assistant not being able to detect an operating system when creating a Kali Linux 2020.2 or 2020.4 virtual machine.
- Resolves an issue with Fedora Rawhide hanging during the installation.
- On a Mac with the Apple M1 chip, download and use pre-configured virtual machines with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, Debian 10.7, Fedora Workstation 33-1.2, and Kali Linux 2021.1.
- The 3D acceleration menu was temporarily concealed in the Graphics pane of Linux virtual machine configuration because this feature is not yet supported in Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip.
- The following settings were removed from the virtual machine configuration in Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip:
- The Enable nested virtualization checkbox in the CPU & Memory pane.
- The hypervisor selection in the CPU & Memory pane. All virtual machines are set to use the Apple hypervisor.
- The Floppy Disk pane.
Parallels Desktop for Mac computers with an Intel processor
- Support for Linux kernel version 5.11.
- Resolves an issue with failing to start a Boot Camp-based virtual machine and showing the “A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed.” error message.
- Resolves an issue with incorrect identification of a virtual machine operating in the Bridged Networking mode.
- Resolves an issue with the Internet Information Services application showing an error when used in Parallels Desktop 16.
- Resolves an issue with no Internet connection in virtual machines when the MTU (maximum transmission unit) is changed to 9000 in the macOS network preferences.
- Resolves an issue with the Parallels file system returning unknown d_type.
- Resolves an issue with Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition asking to allow system extensions on start.
- Resolves an issue with not being able to deploy Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition via JAMF and showing the “launch path not accessible” error message.