VMware Fusion 13 Now Available With Native Support for Apple Silicon Macs

VMware today announced the launch of Fusion 13, the latest major update to the Fusion virtualization software. For those unfamiliar with Fusion, it is designed to allow Mac users to operate virtual machines to run non-macOS operating systems like Windows 11.

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Fusion 13 Pro and Fusion 13 Player are compatible with both Intel Macs and Apple silicon Macs equipped with M-series chips, offering native support. VMware has been testing Apple silicon support for several months now ahead of the launch of the latest version of Fusion.

With Fusion 13, Intel and Apple silicon Mac users can access Windows 11 virtual machines. Intel Macs offer full support for Windows 11, while on Apple silicon, VMware says there is a first round of features for Windows 11 on Arm.

VMware Tools provides virtual graphics and networking, and more is still to come. With certified and signed drivers Windows 11 looks fantastic, and adjust the resolution to 4K and beyond! Note that Fusion on Apple Silicon must run the Arm variant of Windows 11, and it does not support the x86/Intel version of Windows.

Users who need to run traditional win32 and x64 apps can do so through built-in emulation.

Fusion 13 also includes a TPM 2.0 virtual device that can be added to any VM, storing contents in an encrypted section of the virtual machine files and offering hardware-tpm functionality parity. To support this feature, Fusion 13 uses a fast encryption type that encrypts only the parts of the VM necessary to support the TPM device for performance and security.

The software supports OpenGL 4.3 in Windows and Linux VMs on Intel and in Linux VMs on Apple silicon.

Fusion 13 Player is free for personal use, and commercial licenses for both versions are available at a 30 percent discount to celebrate the launch. VMware Fusion 13 Player is priced at $104.30, and VMware Fusion Pro is priced at $139.30. Upgrades from prior versions are also available at a lower cost.

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Top Rated Comments

iAppleOrchard Avatar
21 months ago
Finally, competition for Parallels who charges a monthly fee. I hope they sorted out the major problems that VMware Fusion 13 Beta had.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheDailyApple Avatar
21 months ago

is it truly free ? how can it be possible

Free...for home use seems too good to be true..
It’s true. I bought 11 when it came out, but starting with 12, they named the standard version “player” and made it free for personal use. The pro version doesn’t have many features your average home user would need, so player is all you really need.

My guess is that since (I believe) VMware makes most their money from enterprise clients and large infrastructure deployments, they were never making much money from home users anyway. Plus people who start with VMware products because they’re free are likely to us VMware products when they need a paid solution.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlexisV Avatar
21 months ago

So the Apple Silicon version can only run Windows 11 Arm, but CAN emulate x64 apps. Or am I reading it wrong?

I wonder what its limitations are, because currently I keep my 2017 MacBook Pro around solely for virtualization.
Windows 11 ARM has inbuilt emulation for win32 and x64 programs.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Villarrealadrian Avatar
21 months ago
Fanally!! Great news!!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Veeper Avatar
21 months ago
I can’t wait to start arguing with my engineering staff again about how this time they should be able to boot/run their x86 VMs. :rolleyes:
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gk_brown Avatar
21 months ago

If your family member uses Windows, why would they be better off virtualising it on a Mac? Just let them continue using a PC. A PC isn't that scary, really.
Agreed. I regularly use macOS, Windows, and Linux. They're all different but all have their own advantages.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)