Parallels Mobile for iPad Updated, Adds Ability to Control Your Mac Just Like a Virtual Machine

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Parallels Mobile – the iPad partner app for Parallels Desktop – has had a recent update, to Version 3.0.510.

The big new feature in this update is the ability to ‘control your Mac just like you control your virtual machine’. So it’s aiming to be more of a full-fledged remote access app rather than just a way of connecting to a virtual machine on a Mac.

I’ve been using Parallels Mobile for a long while now and it works very well as a means of remote access to my Windows 7 virtual machine on my MacBook Pro. I installed this latest update a couple days ago, and have also upgraded to Parallels Desktop 7 on my MBP (which is required for the new ‘control your Mac’ feature to work).

I’ve only given the Mac access a very quick try. It works, though navigation in it does not appear as good as in other remote access apps as a first impression.

Here’s the full change list for this new version:

This update improves stability, performance, and general usability, including new features and fixes that:

– enable you to control your Mac just like you control your virtual machine

– add sound support: now you can play back music and audio files remotely from your virtual machine

– enable you to copy and paste text between your mobile device and virtual machine

– allow you to set Parallels Mobile to connect to your Mac and virtual machines only when Wi-Fi connection is available

– improve support for external displays and keyboards

And here’s an App Store link for Parallels Mobile; it’s priced at $4.99.

Patrick Jordan

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