Apple to charge Tiger users for final Boot Camp release?

If we are to believe the "recent report MacScoop has obtained", Apple is getting greedy. It seems the company want more than just $1.99 for the software update that enables 802.11n wifi on its Intel Macs. Apple is supposedly planning to charge Mac OS X Tiger users for the final version of Boot Camp, expected to be released this Spring, along with Leopard. Final pricing was unclear, but speculation is around a $29 price tag.

Boot Camp, Apple's boot manager software that allows dual-booting of Windows and Mac OS X, will be one of the many features included in Leopard. So of course, many Tiger users will upgrade to Leopard anyways, and this shouldn't affect them. Nonetheless, what about those who aren't ready for Leopard?

News source: MacScoop

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bibutteryboy said,

This has been a trend for Apple for a long time. A better question would be, what doesn't Apple charge extra for..

Not it hasn't.

What does apple make for free? iTunes, Widgets and those lil iCards which are pretty neat.

I think they are pretty fair with what they charge for, I mean I don't need any of it. lol.

Oh well if they can charge $30 for opening your movies full screen and get away with it....why not this ? :p
(yea yea I know Qt Pro is more than just full screen view, but I would need it mainly to view full screen so I should be paying $30 ? screw'em. I found vlc.)

dhan said,
Oh well if they can charge $30 for opening your movies full screen and get away with it....why not this ? :p
(yea yea I know Qt Pro is more than just full screen view, but I would need it mainly to view full screen so I should be paying $30 ? screw'em. I found vlc.)

I love how apple do that, it's utter cheek, but all their other apps have full screen free, they'll have to pull Quicktime into line one day.

hhhmmmm if only there were dozens of 3rd party alternatives that were free and didnt require the latest updates and firmware.....

Well, the Bootcamp beta does the trick so anyone who wants this free should get it now. If they are actually gonna charge for it ofcourse.

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^ i second that.

you would not be saying that if nVidia or ATI or Creative *shudder* decided to charge people for drivers and forceware and technologies such as this.
i know it's a bad comparison but it's in the same vein...

drivers should be free. don't make me pay for the hardware and then software to make it work.

Haha, I have to admit that Mac users seem to be way more forgiving of Apple when it comes to this sort of thing. Heck, people were up in arms about Microsoft making DirectX10 Vista-only.

This is how owning a Mac has always been though. If you want the latest software, you update to the latest OS. If you want to guarantee all the programs released for the Mac will work on your computer, you've got to update to the latest OS. It's not like Apple just started doing this.

If they were to give the Boot Camp software away for free to Tiger users but still make Leopard users pay for it, that would cause a whole heap of trouble. Same thing with those who are going to be buying Macs with 802.11n and those who've already got the capabilities in their Macs. Those who bought their Macs recently with 802.11n in them will have to pay for it, just like those buying new Macs once 802.11n is finallized.

This is perfectly acceptable in my book. Apple did the same thing with iChat in 2002 or 2003 (I forget which year exactly). You can't expect Apple to give Tiger users one of Leopard's biggest features for free.

superhuman said,
hahahhahahahahahahahhahahhahahha hahah ahah

You know why I laugh? Because of the sh%t Apple does to it user recently. That outraged me!

It's not recent. Apple has always crapped on its users... They just either don't notice or are into scat, I guess.

You don't need Boot Camp to run Windows on a Mac. All Intel Macs have firmware that handles the actual dual booting.
Boot Camp is a user-friendly setup wizard which makes things as easy as possible, but it isn't something you can't live without if you want to run Windows. Is it that hard to understand?!

Plus this isn't the first time Apple charged people for new features: Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar users could buy the iChat AV upgrade for €29,95, while Mac OS X 10.3 Panther came with it out of the box. Exact same story.

Gotta love how some people here still act like it's a totally new thing Apple pulls off. A company charges for it's services, get over it.

.Neo said,
Gotta love how some people here still act like it's a totally new thing Apple pulls off. A company charges for it's services, get over it.

it's that whole obsolescence thing... first they crapped on your hardware, now they're doing it to your software.

if people are soooo bothered by it, they could always run linux!

ikyouCrow said,

it's that whole obsolescence thing... first they crapped on your hardware, now they're doing it to your software.

How exactly did Apple "crap" on your hardware and now software?

.Neo said,
How exactly did Apple "crap" on your hardware and now software?

you can run os9.1 on a 6230CD but you can't run os9.2. i had two of those with s-video out and everything and apple was pretty much "screw that, buy this machine for a $1000 more". and this was back when macs were hella more expensive than regular pcs.

then they make you buy brand new hardware to run osx. i'm not saying that you can run osx on a 6230CD but the fanboys will have you think you can run osx on the oldest mac without any kind of delays/hanging/etc.

only the first version of osx would run on the old beige boxes, but after that you have to dig into your wallet again to run the "service packs" apple makes you pay for.

that was my reason for switching, affordable hardware with a better upgrade path and free "service packs".

queue the kerosene... i'm ready to get flamed.

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