Hello, I'm new at VMWare Fusion, I've downloaded the trial version of Fusion Pro for Mac OS to run an old version of Mac OS (10.6 server). The version 12 is said to be compatible with both Big Sur and M1 chip. I've 2 computers: one iMac Pro running Big Sur and one brand new MacBook Pro with M1 chip also running Big Sur. On Mac, that support has to arrive via tools like Parallels and VMWare, however, because Apple doesn't offer an equivalent to Boot Camp on Macs featuring its custom chip. That means it's important.

With M1 Macs mere days away for early adopters, those who need to run virtual machines on their Macs may have a bumpy time ahead.

It is important to note that currently available versions of Parallels® Desktop for Mac cannot run virtual machines on Mac with Apple M1 chip. Good news: A new version of Parallels Desktop for Mac that can run on Mac with Apple M1 chip is already in active development.

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When Apple Silicon Mac was first announced during the keynote at WWDC on June 22 of this year, Apple demoed a Parallels Desktop for Mac prototype running a Linux virtual machine flawlessly on Apple Silicon. Since WWDC, our new version of Parallels Desktop which runs on Mac with Apple M1 chip has made tremendous progress. We switched Parallels Desktop to universal binary and optimized its virtualization code; and the version that we are eager to try on these new MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13″ looks very promising.

VMWare Fusion isn’t ready yet either, according to this tweet:

So excited for todays announcements from @Apple!

While we're not quite ready to announce our timeline, we're happy to say that we are committed to delivering VMware virtual machines on #AppleSilicon! pic.twitter.com/en1FNorxrM

— VMware Fusion (@VMwareFusion) November 10, 2020

Even when these and other virtualization tools are ready,1 running Windows as a VM atop a M1 Mac probably isn’t going to be. So far, all the public has seen running virtually on M1 Macs is ARM-based Linux, back at WWDC.

Microsoft has a version of Windows running on ARM chips, but as of this summer, things didn’t look great for getting it to run virtually on the new Macs:

“Microsoft only licenses Windows 10 on ARM to OEMs,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. We asked Microsoft if it plans to change this policy to allow Windows 10 on ARM-based Macs, and the company says “we have nothing further to share at this time.”

That said, ARM Windows is getting better. Back in September, Microsoft announced that the ARM version of Windows 10 is gaining x64 emulation:

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We are excited about the momentum we are seeing from app partners embracing Windows 10 on ARM, taking advantage of the power and performance benefits of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. We heard your feedback and are making Microsoft Edge faster while using less battery, and announced that we will soon release a native Microsoft Teams client optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. We will also expand support for running x64 apps, with x64 emulation starting to roll out to the Windows Insider Program in November. Because developers asked, Visual Studio Code has also been updated and optimized for Windows 10 on ARM. For organizations, we’re committed to helping them ensure their apps work with Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 Apps on ARM64 devices with App Assure.

Before this, the ARM version of Windows could only emulate 32-bit applications. It’s a nice improvement, and maybe one day it will matter to Mac users.

  1. Oh, and Boot Camp is totes dead. Docker is currently busted, but should work in the future. ↩

The latest version of Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub (20.11) requires Rosetta 2 on Macs with new Apple Silicon hardware.

However, we have recently discovered that the new 'M1' Macs may not always have Rosetta 2 installed by default on macOS, especially after a wipe and reinstall. If installing an Intel-only compiled binary like Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub before Rosetta, the app will fail to launch. This is a behavior we did not encounter during early beta cycles as Rosetta was pre-installed.

12/16 Update


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To mitigate this potential scenario, we have released a 20.11.1 patch for Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub on December 8, which will perform a check during pre-installation. This check will determine whether the device has an Apple Silicon architecture and Rosetta installed.

If Rosetta is missing, Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub will run the following command to initiate the installation process:

/usr/sbin/softwareupdate --install-rosetta --agree-to-license

After installing Rosetta, the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub installation process will proceed.

Does Vmware Fusion Support M1

A note on Universal macOS binaries

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For an app to run natively on Apple Silicon hardware without the need for the Rosetta translation layer, Apple has provided developers a way to rebuild apps as Universal binaries, which can run natively on both Apple Silicon and Intel-based Mac computers.

VMware is actively working on converting the Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub and all other Workspace ONE apps for macOS to Universal binaries.
12/16 Update - VMware is still actively committed to building Workspace ONE Intelligent Hub as a Universal app. Our primary blockers for doing so is the release of a FIPS compliant OpenSSL library that is Universal compatible. We're actively tracking the development of the module to be completed ASAP.