Apple Boot Camp (Courtesy of Apple, no kidding!)
I thought this must have been an April Fools Joke, but I kid you not. Apple announced on April 5th, 2006 that it's providing software to allow Intel processor Macs to run Windows XP!
This software is called Boot Camp and allows you to select either Windows or Mac OSX each time you turn on your Mac.
If you have an XP install disc and a new Intel Mac you can do this right now using Apple's free beta software here!
I ordinarily would say something like "H*ly Sh*t! or P*t* M*dr*!," but this is a family website. We often say these things when Apple drops these little announcements. Investors responded by having Apple's stock price jump 10% the day this was announced.
The final version of Boot Camp will be come with the new Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard.” Apple doesn't provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and doesn't sell or support Windows.
The whole point of Apple computers is to be able to use the elegant and bulletproof Mac operating system, not the pretty hardware. Mac OSX just runs while Windows users waste their time chasing viruses and system problems and reformatting drives and.....
Apple is looking for your feedback on Boot Camp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm sure others have already dropped blue screens of death into shots of iMacs to illustrate this, but I think this is a cool addition to Apple. I wouldn't ever run Windows for more than a few minutes at a time, but this does mean we can haul my wife's sorry Dell to Goodwill (if they'll even take it) and get her a real machine. We only use the Dell to loads maps to our Garmin GPS.'
Boot Camp requires:
Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard
and TrackPad. This means a brand new iMac, MacBook Pro or iMac.
See also Apple's Boot Camp page.
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