'Parallels Access' Launches in App Store, Bringing Mac and Windows Access to the iPad

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  1. macrumors bot



    Parallels, the company behind popular virtualization software Parallels, has launched a new iPad app and subscription service called Parallels Access that allows iPad and iPad mini users to remotely access and use their Mac or Windows apps on the device.
    The app allows users to interact with their desktop apps in the same way they would interact with their iPad apps, with the full range of iPad gestures available for compatible apps. Parallels Access translates what would usually be mouse clicks and movements into iPad-friendly alternatives.

    Users must download the free Parallels Access Desktop app to their computer of choice in addition to the app on the iPad. They can then access their desktop apps via the Sprinboard-like App Launcher and switch between apps in the iOS-like App Switcher. The apps are only available to use on the iPad in "full screen" mode.

    The app, though free, requires a subscription service and costs $79.99 a year per computer running a registered client. Parallels offers a free 14-day trial that allows users to test the app before purchasing.

    Parallels Access is available for free for the iPad and iPad mini [Direct Link]

    Article Link: 'Parallels Access' Launches in App Store, Bringing Mac and Windows Access to the iPad
  2. macrumors 6502a


    oh yay! :rolleyes:
  3. macrumors member

    This should be on the first page. It's great. (waiting to see how well desktop apps work in iPad only gestures).
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Just watched the video. Don't think it is any better than its alternatives. :cool:
  5. macrumors 68020


    Splashtop is a better deal
  6. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Parallels presents Unparalleled Non-sense for your iPad
  7. macrumors G5


    This is a nice app. Good to know you can use your iDevice as a multitouch track pad...
  8. macrumors regular


    $79/year... whaa...? :confused:

    I am not prepared to incur [large] recurring payments for a non-service (e.g. not like Dropbox, Pandora, etc.) application.
  9. macrumors 68030

    Um, no.
  10. macrumors 65816


    The subscription is obviously an anti piracy measure and to avoid a major sticker shock, but $80 a year is a rather steep. They could probably only justify $20 as a stand alone app, it's just the way the App Store market is.

    On the flip side, the number of users pirating their other mac software, the pool of potential real customers is probably quite small and pushed them to this approach.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    So, the many free or cheap alternatives out there that do exactly the same aren't good enough?

    Or are the guys behind this just banking on some windows-on-a-mac fanboys to be frothing over their brand so much that they will pay for this, and like oh so many gym memberships, forget to cancel it and pay for it forever while not actually using it?
  12. macrumors G4

    How is this different from the existing Parallels for iPhone and iPad?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Think i will stick to using LogMeIn as it is free and works extremely well ;)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    And I will stick with TeamViewer, also free.
  15. macrumors 6502

    I'm a happy occasional user of PocketCloud.
  16. macrumors 601


    This is pretty cool but fairly expensive (including Parallels user-hostile per-computer policy, same as their desktop emulation).

    The pinch zoom looks brutally slow and unresponsive, I would not have shown that in the video. Still, I guess competition is good.
  17. macrumors regular

    They removed the existing Parallels Mobile from the App Store and replaced it with Parallels Access. In the process, it went from a $5 app to an annually-recurring $80 subscription. I really, really loathe subscription models applied to software.
  18. macrumors 65816


    What is the difference with team viewer which is free (and also available for all platforms) ?
  19. macrumors member

    Yeah, I'm not sure Parallels will be able to provide $80 of value over the already adequate alternatives on the market. Not to mention that by the time a year is up, whatever new features Parallels was offering, will likely have been added to alternatives like LogMeIn. The app market is changing too fast for me to want to jump into a one year/$80 contract, when who knows what the best app in this category will be in 12 months.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    TeamViewer, and the others, serve as a remote viewer and virtual keyboard & mouse. This app provides an experience that feels like you're still using an iPad app while accessing your Mac or PC.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Tested and approved by the NSA. :)
  22. macrumors 6502a

    This functionality should have been a native ios/osx feature provided by Apple.
  23. macrumors 68020

    Parallels Desktop is updated every year at $50 (vs. $65 at most retailers). $80 strikes me as exorbitant, particularly since Parallels Desktop is not included.

    Parallels might as well just join the subscription party and offer both OS X and iOS clients at combined $50/year. I realize Apple takes 30% of the in-app purchase, but $80 ($56 after 30%) is just too much.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Make it $0.99 and I'm sold.
  25. macrumors 6502

    Meanwhile on the MS Surface, you still get the Windows Desktop interface

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