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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 patentman on 1/22/2007 11:17:50 PM , Rating: 2
Just remember, they didn't have to develop the software in the first place. $29 is more than reasonable.

RE: Nickle and Dime me to Death
By Tyler 86 on 1/23/2007 12:56:38 AM , Rating: 2
It's not about reason, it's about nickling and diming.

First, going in, they basicly say to you, "You pay for the brand name."
Now, they're telling you straight up, "We're milking it for all it's worth."

People knew that Apple made a mistake by going full-production on an Intel setup without dual-booting, and now, essentially, Intel Mac customers are paying for that mistake - a mistake that shouldn't have been, that should not be.

It's an implication that I'm doing something wrong, that I'm being used, that they're raping me.

Ok, ok, it's not that bad, but does piss me off.

This should be part of the operating system, I don't care if the machine and upgrades cost $29 extra - just factor this into the books!

Oh, but you say, Joe Mac-Hardcore doesn't want to pay an 'included' $29 extra for his next Upgrade and machine, because because he doesn't want to use Boot-Camp?
Well, Joe Mac-Hardcore, are you paying for the whole package, or aren't you?

Why should any customer have to put up with this sort of thing? Nickle and FRICKIN' dime.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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