VirtualBox is finally getting up to speed with the Apple Silicon architecture. In its version 7 now available in beta, the open source virtualization software is offered in an ARM version in addition to the historical x86 version. Consequently, VirtualBox 7 adopts Apple’s Hypervisor framework in order to be able to virtualize systems on the new Cupertino architecture. And even if it means adopting good practices – the publisher doesn’t have much choice anyway – this new version no longer uses kernel extensions.
There are other major changes under the hood of VirtualBox 7. The application has a TPM 2.0 virtual security module, which allows it to virtualize Windows 11. Full encryption of virtual machines is available, an option to enable via command lines for now. The management of graphic elements has been overhauled by relying on DXVK, a translation layer based on the Vulkan API for Direct3D components. The user interface has also been extensively revised, but it does not come close to macOS standards.
It is not recommended to use this first beta on a production machine – we had a crash after only a few minutes. No release date announced for the stable version, but virtualization software is not lacking on macOS, including on the Apple Silicon architecture (Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, UTM, etc.).
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