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
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