Apple Updates Boot Camp Software

Apple has updated its beta Boot Camp software to version 1.1.2. The software lets owners of Intel Macs install Windows XP on their Mac in a separate partition, allowing users to choose which operating system to boot up to on startup. The new version offers support for all the latest Intel-based Macs, and also makes it easier to partition hard disks for the installation of Windows XP by offering partitioning presets.

Boot Camp 1.1.2 lets users install Windows XP on any internal disk; adds support for built-in iSight cameras and microphones; supports Apple's USB modem, trackpad scrolling and right-clicking on a notebook; and furnishes improved keyboard support.

Apple notes that installation is relatively painless: "If you previously installed Boot Camp beta, you can easily update to Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta. You don't need to partition your hard drive again (unless you want to change its size) or reinstall your Macintosh and Windows software or documents, but it's very important to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP."

News source: Macworld UK

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See the problem is Macs are competitively priced in the USA. In Australia, they're friggin' way overpriced. ~AU$1000 more.

You can save huge on refurbished models in the online Apple Store. Some of the MacBook Pros are reduced by as much as 40%. The full warranty is included.

maybe if they had an option when purchasing to choose a barebones mac/macbook and let you specify what software you want on it, we might see the price drop. (if that's the real justification for the numbers)

also would like to see apple allow installs on amd systems (legally).

and for the love of god make the mighty mice more two-button realistic. you really can't play quake with that thing!

Quote - C_Guy said @ #7.1
"a product's only failing is its price"

You must be thinking of Vista...certainly not Mac.

Just to iterate, I cant tell if I've been misunderstood or I'm misunderstanding your reply:

When you look back at the previous quotes, people are only complaining about the cost of Apple and its products; if thats Apple's only problem then people really need to wake up.

I agree about the prices, this is the only thing that stops me for awhile. But still I am thinking about Mac. If Apple want to dominate it will lower prices in 1-2 or 3 years maybe...

I intented to buy a macbook, but rather that I bought a Toshiba. Half the price, more hardware. Better CPU, better GPU, double RAM and more disk space for less then half. I really think Apple shound lower their prices.

Really? Care to be very specific in what you got, and your comparison? Half-price, indeed?

Sample comparison: Toshiba Core2 Duo, 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, 240GB HD: $2999.99
Apple Core2 Duo, 2.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD: $2799.00
Feel free to play around with the options to get them as close as possible to each other. Kind of close in price and features, are they not?

Perhaps you got some other model I could not find that had a 50% off deal they were offering? Or perhaps not.

And btw, the options from Apple! 3 weeks wait so that they can send me one PC from the factory? In mystore I have about 20 Toshiba's to choose, I get my PC on the spot. Waiting time, about 5 minutes. BTW the Toshiba is a Core duo 2.0GHz with 1GB of RAM, 120GB HD and a 15.4'' screen, price, below 900 euros.You cannot buy an apple with this features for less than 1500 euros.

Ummm... Did you know that PC hardware has always been supported on XP? A lot of it is the same kidn of stuff you find in a Mac, it's just assembled in a bigger box and doesn't have that snazzy fruit on it.

When will Apple allow Windows user's to install Mac OS, so that we can dual boot and select to run Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS :)

Alister

Never because Mac software is designed only to run on Mac hardware (except for iTunes and QuickTime but why would you do that?)

Microsoft Windows, on the other hand, can run on endless hardware configurations now including, yep, Mac. Gotta love Microsoft for that, eh?

Quote - KeR said @ #2
It supports it right now ^^ I have Vista installed.

i've heard that the Vista installer will try to overwrite some important files on your mac. is that true? i will install Vista right now if you tell me that it's safe. thanks!

edit: nevermind. everything worked fine installing Vista on the Mac with Bootcamp. word to the wise tho, the Vista installer doesn't like the initial boot so just reboot and load the installer again and you are good to go.