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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: Speaking of nickle and dime-ing
By glennpratt on 1/22/2007 7:24:20 PM , Rating: 3
This is NOT an apples to apples comparison. The OS X License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.

If you have an Apple labeled computer, you've already bought Apple OS. All retail boxed OS Xs are effectively upgrades unless you breach the license agreement.

RE: Speaking of nickle and dime-ing
By Tyler 86 on 1/23/2007 1:30:42 AM , Rating: 2
It's not a problem of apples to apples, it's a problem of stupid...

See, as a consumer, I purchase what fits my needs, for what I have in my pocket, and anything extra.

I don't want to have to stick my hand in my pocket more than once to accomplish my objective of having what I thought I was getting.

I posted a few rants to explain.
Do some people just not understand the whole 'Nickle and dime' phrase?

By glennpratt on 1/23/2007 10:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think most people understand what nickel and dime means, but I'm not sure everyone understands what your point is.


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