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$29 for the option to dual boot OS X and Windows

A report at MacScoop claims that according to leaked report from Apple, the final release of Boot Camp when released will cost users roughly $29 USD. Boot Camp has been available as a free public beta since early 2006 when Apple made its first transition to Intel processors. The software add-on allows x86 Mac users to install a fully working copy of Windows XP, which ran natively on their x86 Macs. Users who use Apple's Boot Camp are able to install and separately boot a fresh copy of Windows.

While the report says that the source of the leak is not entirely sure about the final cost of Boot Camp, they are sure that Apple will be charging for the download. Those who have Boot Camp now can still continue to use the software, but Apple apparently will cease driver support for those who do not upgrade. The report also claims that Apple will officially support Windows Vista via Boot Camp when it is released.

Boot Camp is expected to make its official debut along with Apple's next generation operating system, codenamed Leopard. The report also claims that Apple will be providing Leopard users with Boot Camp free of charge. Apple did make a comment in 2006 that Leopard will have Boot Camp fully integrated. Leopard is expected to make an official showing this coming spring.

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RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By ghost101 on 1/22/2007 9:54:23 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt they spent enough to justify a $29 price tag. How much does making a piece of software which alters the bootloader cost? Its usual monopoly power in action. Apple believe people willing to pay for XP and $29 on top, thats quite ironic really since Apple are basically saying xp has greater value to users than os x.

You have no other option but to pay if you want xp. Therefore, Apple can make a tidy profit.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By ghost101 on 1/22/2007 9:58:00 AM , Rating: 2
I dont blame them for taking the option to make profit btw. However, it just highlights the problem with OS X. Apple's controls on 3rd party software is ridiculous. Just wait for them to gain a bit more market sure and youll be seeing antitrust suits.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By nowayout99 on 1/22/2007 10:48:44 AM , Rating: 3
It also pays for continually updated driver support (for somebody else's OS) as needed. Though $29 would be a typical premium like many of Apple's products.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By glennpratt on 1/22/2007 2:46:02 PM , Rating: 3
You mean I need drivers from Apple for the midrange COTS components they use? I think a ten year old could hack up the OEM drivers produced by the real hardware companies. And Apple provides drivers for Windows XP SP2 32bit. How exciting... What about Linux, XP x64, Windows 2003, BSD, etc, etc.

Ironically enough, Windows NT Bootloader and GRUB both have no problem booting OS X.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By S3anister on 1/22/2007 8:02:02 PM , Rating: 2
lol, i hate apple.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By S3anister on 1/22/2007 8:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
i own an iBook. and wow. it SUCKS. freaking thing is a "crapple" as i call it lol

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By borowki on 1/22/07, Rating: 0
RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By glennpratt on 1/22/2007 2:48:33 PM , Rating: 3
Huh? Like gparted in Ubuntu? Disk Management in Windows Vista? I don't remember paying $29 extra for either one.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By Wightout on 1/22/2007 7:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think what you should have said is "Apple is basically saying XP AND OSX has greater value to users than ONLY OSX." Maybe, yes, no?

My question is if I already have the program running on my machine what would be the point of purchasing it now?

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By S3anister on 1/22/2007 8:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
because eventually apple will make your beta thigey expire, most likely... unless it's physicaly impossible for them to do that

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By patentman on 1/22/2007 11:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
"Its usual monopoly power in action."

Where in the heck did you come to the conclusion that Apple has monopoly power? Monopoly power over what? Bootcamp? If that is the case then everyone has monopoly power over their own goods, which makes no freakin sense.

Monopoly power is having market power in a defined market, nothing more, nothing less.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By ghost101 on 1/23/2007 6:36:15 AM , Rating: 2
Defined market being the os x market. Uncontested power over dual booting software.

That work for you? Microsoft would get into all sorts of problems if they attempted to close a section of the software market. But they get into trouble because of their market share. If Apple ever manages to reach 20% or so of market share, they will be facing the same scrutiny.

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