Parallels released version 16.0 of its Parallels Desktop virtualization software in August with support for macOS 11.0 Big Sur, an updated Big Sur-compliant design, and faster performance (starts up to 2x faster than version 15 and restarts Windows up to 20% faster) . The upgrade also improves battery life by up to 10% when Windows runs in travel mode, allows you to set up virtual machines to automatically return unused disk space when turned off, provides full support for OpenGL 3.3 compatibility profile to support multiple Windows applications ( including DIALux EVO 9, SAMSON Connect, ProPresenter 6, ClinCheck Pro and Rhino 6), adds a two-finger pinch trackpad to rotate the contents of Windows 10 applications, and provides an updated Dark Mode look with better colors, contrasts and writings.
In addition to the standard edition, Parallels is available in a Mac Pro Edition with Visual Studio integration, the ability to assign up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1
Parallels was recently updated to version 16.0.1 to resolve an issue causing Macs running MacOS Big Sur beta to crash after starting a virtual machine configured to use Parallels hypervisor, fixing an error that caused visual objects to to appear on the screen and resolve a crash that occurred in Big Sur after the computer woke up from sleep.
The standard edition of Parallels Desktop (aimed at home and student use) costs $ 79.99 for an annual subscription or $ 99.99 for a one-time perpetual license purchase. Users with a previously purchased perpetual license can upgrade for $ 49.99, or upgrade to a Parallels Desktop Pro Edition subscription for $ 49.99 per year. Parallels Desktop Pro Edition and Mac Business Edition are only available through annual subscriptions ($ 99.99 and $ 119.99 per year, respectively). A free 14-day full trial is available. ($ 79.99 annual subscription for standard edition [$49.99 upgrade], $ 99.99 annual subscription for Pro Editions [$49.99 upgrade from standard], 199 MB, release notes, 10.13.6+)