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
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
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.