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Windows 7 is now officially supported for Macs using Boot Camp to dual boot.
Hi, I'm a Mac running Windows 7

Some Mac owners have a dirty little secret that might exclude them from the Apple cool club if they let it slip -- they primarily use Windows on their Mac computers.  Some users purchase MacBook Pros for their strong battery life on a relatively high-end hardware spec and for their slender, lightweight ultra-portable unibody design.

Added perks of Mac ownership include being able to legally install the iPhone app development environment and develop and test OS X applications.  However, OS X, by itself, leaves users with many glaring deficiencies, chiefly an inability to play most modern PC games.

Boot Camp, first introduced in 2006, fixes that by allowing Windows to be installed on Macs and users to dual boot into their OS of choice.  Ever since Windows has been many Mac owners' dirty little secret.

Now Apple has announced that Windows 7, Microsoft's popular new operating system, will be officially supported for the first time with Apple Boot Camp 3.1.  The update supports 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate.

The 32-bit version weighs in at 380.73MB, while the 64-bit version takes up 274.58MB.  The only catch is that you (officially) have to a copy of Windows Vista or Windows XP to install Windows 7 (we did a clean install on the previous version of Boot Camp, though, so this may just be legal rhetoric).

The Boot Camp upgrade fixes the problem of the red LED adjacent to the audio port always being on, trackpad issues, and incompatibility with Apple's Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard.  Apple Update should offer users already running Windows 7 in Boot Camp, the latest version.  For those afraid of using Windows 7 in Boot Camp, take it from us -- its a pretty painless experience, and we've only run into few issues, so far (the problems we did experience were almost solely audio related).

There are also new drivers to help support Windows 7.  For owners of MacBook Pros or MacBooks you also want to grab the Graphics Firmware Update 1.0.  iMac owners should instead install the iMac Late 2009 Windows 7 Drivers.

Mac owners who do use OS X, even occasionally, should also grab Apple's first security update of 2010, which offers protection against some potentially serious security threats.  The update, Security Update 2010-001, is available for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (21.90MB), Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server (248.11MB), and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Client (159.58MB).  It can also be snagged via Apple Update and features fixes for potentially dangerous vulnerabilities in CoreAudio, the Flash Player plug-in, OpenSSL, Image RAW, and Image IO.

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By Yawgm0th on 1/20/2010 9:50:53 AM , Rating: 2
Added perks of Mac ownership include being able to legally install the iPhone app development environment and develop and test OS X applications.
Find me the Federal statute or constitutional amendment that criminalizes installation of the iPhone or OSX SDKs on non-Apple systems.

Using software on an unsupported system in an unsupported manner is generally not illegal.

RE: what
By drycrust3 on 1/20/2010 10:34:49 AM , Rating: 2
Tell that to ... what' the name of that company that was selling Mac clones? To earyl in the morning.

RE: what
By Sahrin on 1/20/2010 12:41:23 PM , Rating: 2

RE: what
By Yawgm0th on 1/20/2010 2:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
Psystar violated patent law. If I build a Hackintosh on my own without violating patent laws and put an SDK on it, I've not broken any law. The act of putting an SDK on a system for which it is not supported is not a crime. Psystar has nothing to do with it.

RE: what
By Sahrin on 1/20/2010 12:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
Federal Copyright Law, the DMCA. Apple sued Psystar claiming that they were infringing on Apple's copyright of the EFI; the Federal District Court agreed.

RE: what
By Yawgm0th on 1/20/2010 2:22:50 PM , Rating: 2
That has nothing to do with the Mac OS X or iPhone SDKs nor criminal law. It is not illegal to own a non-Apple system and put either SDK on it. It is in violation of copyright law to do what Psystar did, but that's not relevant.

RE: what
By omnicronx on 1/20/2010 4:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
Uhh no? Psystar only violated the DMCA because of the way in which they copied and distributed OSX with their machines. They bought one legal copy of OSX and made copies, it had absolutely nothing to do with EFI. As I've explained over and over again, EFI is not Apple property, it was developed and used primarily by Intel, and Apples own EFI firmware is based off of Intels reference EFI firmware.

RE: what
By Sahrin on 1/25/2010 1:16:58 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong. Apple makes a proprietary EFI that is an integral part in one of the anti-copy protections used to lock OSX to Apple hardware. Psystar's system is based around an EFI spoofing system called Rebel EFI; without this spoof Psystar has no way to sell "clean" OSX systems.

The judge did not rule specifically on the EFI component; but it's not "just Intel's EFI," it's customized by Apple to lock out other vendors. I feel sorry for the people you 'explained' this to, because now they have false information.

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