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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Parallels today announced that its next-generation Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac virtualization software will launch on September 14th, bringing speed enhancements and a host of new features. Retail boxes of the new software prematurely appeared on store shelves earlier this week.In product benchmark testing, results show Parallels Desktop 6 remains atop the performance rankings that people consider most important. 3D graphics run nearly 40 percent better than before. Boot time for Windows is 41 percent faster than before. Parallels Desktop 6 also boosts speed for working with files on USB drives, networks and in shared folders.Among the over 80 new and improved features of Parallels Desktop 6 are a full 64-bit engine, support for 5.1 surround sound, enhanced 3D graphics, parental controls, VM encryption, Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for Windows applications, data migration, and anti-virus support.

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac will carry a suggested retail price of $79.99, with a student edition available for $39.99. A "Switch to Mac" edition that offers additional tools to assist PC users making the move to the Mac platform will be available for $99.99. Existing Parallels Desktop for Mac users can take advantage of upgrade pricing of $49.99, and those who purchased Parallels Desktop 5 for Mac on or after August 15th can receive the new version free of charge.

Article Link: Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac to Debut on September 14th


macrumors G5
May 30, 2002
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
$49.99 upgrade price tag?? Seems a bit steep. I am going to wait for some reviews/benchmark test to surface before I buy.

There really should be a 4mth window for recent purchases of Desktop 5 to free upgrade to Desktop 6.

personally I'm sticking to VMWare Fusion 3.1; and will upgrade to 4.o in the future. I NEED proper USB support which will become evident with USB3.0 devices starting to launch like LaCie, WD, etc.


macrumors regular
Jun 21, 2010
Phew! I am getting a free upgrade because I bought it two weeks ago!!! Yeepee! :D


macrumors 65816
Jul 15, 2007
Parallels 5 is quite fast already and very stable. Not sure I see a reason to upgrade whats working fine right now.


macrumors 6502
Jan 18, 2002
Upgrade price ridiculous!

$49.99 upgrade price tag?? Seems a bit steep. I am going to wait for some reviews/benchmark test to surface before I buy.

You should try being a user from v2 like me.
Punished for my loyalty. The price I have paid for upgrades alone runs into hundreds of dollars which is just ridiculous.

Why not a sensible fee like $19.99 for existing users?

To have to pay 60% of the regular price....AGAIN... is a joke! :mad:


macrumors regular
Jul 17, 2007
Up yours Parallels

Most of us got screwed by purchasing 4 and not getting a free upgrade to 5 which had all the features 4 was supposed to have.
Now they want another 40 bucks , Im going back to Fusion. Screw them.


macrumors 65816
Mar 12, 2005
Parellels upgrades are the exact reason why I prefer VMWare Fusion. Every year they want another $50 upgrade fee.


macrumors 6502
Jan 7, 2003
The 909
Am I the only one who thinks Parallels' release cycles are too short? Less than a year between paid upgrades for an $80 product seems excessive.


macrumors member
Sep 28, 2005

I was about to upgrade for the $49 fee (I was one who bought the 4.0 version -- two licenses actually as it was 2-for-1) then I saw the Nova thing. Are they legit? The web citizenry seems divided.

If Microsoft would just release Visio and Project for Mac then I could avoid this silliness.


macrumors newbie
Dec 21, 2006

I understand needing to generate additional revenue to continue development, but their cycles are definitely way too short.

Given that, you can probably do better:

1. Buy a copy of parallels 5 now from Amazon for 39.99
2. Send in the $20 rebate (if eligible). Also the $20 competitive, if you own Fusion.
3. Upgrade to 6 for free.

At a minimum you can save $10 off the upgrade price. At best, you're upgrading for "free". :cool:


macrumors 6502
Jun 18, 2008
cat & Mouse

I have both parallels and VMware.
Problem is, one updates and it goes all faster then the other does and is even better.......
which one do you go for? It seems that it is just a matter of personal preferences, but I don't know enough about them to actually say.

I guess I will upgrade to version 6 and see what happens....


macrumors 65816
May 1, 2005
Why do they keep focusing on graphics performance when compatibility is the biggest problem? Loads of games don't run or don't run properly because shader support is crap or other features just don't work as expected.

I would expect a 3.0 version to be largely perfect and doing nothing but improving performance, yet 3 versions later they're still doing it backwards! Hell, WINE will run far more games than VMWare and Parallels combined, at least in my experience.


macrumors member
May 15, 2008
Downloading mine now! I'm a big fan of Parallels, and I'm very happy that they have been consistent in major upgrades over the years. Just wish I had a new i7 MBP to go with the new upgrade.:D


macrumors 601
Apr 3, 2003
I do prefer the current version of Parallels to the current version of Fusion for performance reasons, but the frequent (and steep) upgrade costs are getting old, fast.

I'll wait for a full retail version of Parallels 6 deal that hits $20-30 after rebate. (It will happen - it always does.)



macrumors newbie
May 13, 2008
And they have kept that horrible, horrible non-replaceable icon. I love Parallels but that icon gotta go. It makes my Dock ugly.


macrumors member
Mar 11, 2010
Salt Lake City, UT
YES! I took the advice of 9to5mac and ordered a few days ago when amazon had it discounted to $39.99 ($20 rebate inside the box) - it's being delivered today (Free Shipping, too). Great deal to get the latest version for only $20... Though I already had Parallels 5 installed on my Mac. I've never heard of the "Student Edition" before, what features are excluded from that version to make it less expensive?

Final question -
How do I upgrade to the new version when it's released? Just download the update or what?


macrumors member
Nov 21, 2006
I still prefer VMWare Fusion

I used to use Parallels, but stability and upgrades have pushed me back to VMWare. (I've tried VirtualBox for a while as well)


macrumors 6502
Feb 20, 2009
Indiana, USA
Since they say that a recent purchase of Parallels 5 will quality for a free upgrade to version 6 maybe the better deal is to buy Parallels 5 from for $39 with a $20 mail-in rebate bringing the price down to $19 and then get the free upgrade to version 6. (I did not read the fine print to see who qualifies for the free upgrade to version 6)

Parallels 5 for $39-20 = $19 at

Personally, I still have copies of Parallels 4 and 5 that I got in app bundle promotions that I haven't installed because I haven't found the need yet but have heard good things about both Parallels and VMWare.


macrumors newbie
Jan 2, 2009
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They always hope to get about 40 bucks as annual fee. I seek to change. :(


macrumors 65816
May 1, 2005
I used to use Parallels, but stability and upgrades have pushed me back to VMWare. (I've tried VirtualBox for a while as well)
Sounds about the same as me, you might want to try WINE, it's not nearly as user friendly, but the compatibility is extremely good, better even than VMWare or Parallels a lot of the time, and it cuts out all the overhead of virtualisation so it's faster 9 times out of 10 as well. Just grab MacPorts and install with that, or WineSkin which is actually easier a lot of the time.
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