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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 zunipus on 1/22/2007 11:50:24 AM , Rating: -1
Macs have never been overpriced. Not once has any serious, in depth study comparing the costs of Macs vs Windows PCs decided in the PC's favor. Not one. Meanwhile there have been years and years of studies proving that the Mac has consistently been the cheaper computer.

The voice of ignorance: "But Macs cost more at the store!"

Reality: Yeah, many of them do. And what makes you think that the cost of your computer ends with the up front price? Study the Return On Investment (ROI) and Cost Of Ownership (COO) and you will find that all Macs are actually cheaper. ALL. Example: Support and maintenance: PCs take up to 10X more time, money and staff to keep running. Windows is more difficult to use, more buggy, less secure. Take into account the costs and time involved with anti-malware and anti-hacking for Windows. This is one reason IT staff love Windows. Without it they would be unemployed. Get the idea?

If you don't believe me, go try to find a professional study of the costs of computers that does not decide in the Mac's favor.

Let the myths die.


RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By whalenapp81 on 1/22/2007 1:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
speaking of letting myths die, winxp is a fine os, and macs r more expensive and for the price of a mac, i could upgrade my machine with the latest stuff, so why dont u go back down to ur mac whole where u came from

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By ss284 on 1/22/2007 1:50:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think apple switching to Intel and stabbing IBM/Motorola in the back, is a good testament to how slow and overpriced their g4 and g5 machines were.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By Oregonian2 on 1/22/2007 2:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
Must be why businesses both small and large who are those most sensitive to keeping total system ownership costs down to a minimum are almost completely Windows based on their user's desktops. Yes, there will be some Mac shops, but for each one there's probably 100 Windows based shops. Must be that companies like to spend more than they need to?

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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