Parallels Access 4.0 Released, Adds Support for iPhone X


The latest version of Parallels Access® adds a much-requested feature: support for iPhone® X, including new technologies in iPhone X such as Face ID®. Parallels Access, which gives users a convenient and natural way to control their desktop applications from their tablet or phone, now has full support for the higher resolution screen of the iPhone X. (See Figure 1.)

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Figure 1_Parallels Access 4.0 on the iPhone X

Of course, iPhone X apps that have a sign-in feature must support Face ID. Setting up and using Face ID in Parallels Access 4.0 is straightforward and easy. (See Figure 2.)

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Figure 2_Setting up and using Face ID in Parallels Access 4.0

For those of you with an older iPhone, Touch ID® is still supported.

In addition to support for the iPhone X, Parallels Access 4.0 also adds the following features on iOS clients:

  • Use of Spotlight for app search
  • Text selection using 3D Touch®
    • With a light first press, the user is able to move the pointer; with a heavier second press, Parallels Access essentially “blocks” the left-mouse button and performs text selection.
  • A new mouse mode
    • A new “dumbo” mouse option is added to the existing touch mode and pointer mode, for a total of three mouse modes that you can choose from. (See Figure 3.)
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Figure 3_Dumbo MouseMode added to Parallels Access 4.0

  • Faster computer/app launch using 3D Touch
    • You can add a widget to the iPhone which enables you to connect to a remote computer or launch a remote app with just a single tap. (See Figure 4.)
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Figure 4_Parallels Access Widget

If you’re using your iPad Pro® as desktop replacement and you really miss having a mouse, Parallels Access 4.0 adds support for the SwiftPoint GT mouse, which you can connect to the iPad Pro using Bluetooth®. Figure 5 shows me using the SwiftPoint GT mouse with my iPad Pro.

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Figure 5_Using the SwiftPoint GT Mouse with Parallels Access on an iPad Pro

In addition to the iOS and Android clients, Parallels Access also enables you to access your remote computer(s) from any computer or device with a current HTML5 web browser. Simply login to your Parallels account (Figure 6) to select and access your computer, without having to install any browser extensions (Figure 7).

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Figure 6_Log into your Parallels Access My Account to see all your remote computers

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Figure 7_Running Microsoft Edge via Parallels Access and Safari on a Mac

Parallels Access 4.0 is a free update to anyone with a current Parallels Access subscription, and there’s a free, 7-day trial for anyone else. Download your free trial of Parallels Access now.

Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team:

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