Parallels Desktop for Mac 15 Launched, with Support for Mac Sidecar

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Parallels just dropped version 15 of their Desktop for Mac, virtualization software. The launch touted over thirty new features, but two main feature that are worth mentioning, is support for Sidecar for virtual machines hosted on Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac, and the support for DirectX 11 with the help of Apple Metal.

Parallels Desktop 15 is ready for the highly anticipated macOS® Catalina, including Sidecar support. Support for additional Catalina features is currently in development and will be introduced around the upcoming public release of macOS 10.15. When you buy or upgrade to Parallels Desktop 15, you’ll be ready for these updates.

Version 15 supports macOS Catalina 10.15 (when released), Mojave 10.14, High Sierra 10.13 and Sierra 10.12. Mac Sidecar was designed to let you use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac. Sidecar is quick and straightforward to use. It can either mirror content on your Mac or turn it into a secondary display for extra screen real estate no matter where you are. With Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac, you can use Sidecar with virtual machines like Windows 10 and Linux distributions.

Users can now user their Xbox One controllers to play an Xbox game in a Windows 19 virtual machine, via Bluetooth as Parallels Desktop 15 supports an additional category of Bluetooth devices. Connect your Xbox One Controller, Logitech Craft keyboard, IRISPen, some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) and more.

Version 15 supports DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11—all via Apple Metal®.* With the addition of DirectX 11, you can now run graphic-intensive applications and games, such as Autodesk 3ds Max 2020, Lumion, ArcGIS Pro, Master Series, FIFA 19, Age of Empires, Fallout 4 and more.

*macOS Mojave is required; macOS Catalina (when released) is recommended for the best performance and needed for some applications to run.


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