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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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Software development costs money
By regularsteven on 1/22/2007 11:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
Its always nice when things are free, but just think. It costs money to make it, and its only useful for, what, 5% of mac users? So, what to do:
*bump up the price of os x for everyone (95% wont use it)
*include it for free with OS X the same price, but compromise on other features of the os
*charge a small amount for those who want it..

Right now, its free with no support. When you pay, there will be support. Big deal- its only 30 bucks. And OS X isn't really that pricey anyway - especially considering what you get.

By Tyler 86 on 1/23/2007 1:39:17 AM , Rating: 2
So bump up the price for everyone buying the upgrade, add it as a 'free' upgrade to current Mac OS X, and stop nickling and diming everyone to death...

It's the reasonable and profitable thing to do.

Also, 95% won't use it? Hm.

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