Apple on Tuesday drew excitement from its Intel Mac customers as it introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to also runÂ*Windows XP natively.
The software, which is available as a download beginning today, allows users withÂ*aÂ*Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP.
Boot Camp will beÂ*a feature in ÂLeopard,Â AppleÂs next major release of Mac OS X, that will be previewed at AppleÂs Worldwide Developer Conference in August, the company also confirmed for the first time.
ÂApple has no desire or plan to sell or support Windows, but many customers have expressed their interest to run Windows on AppleÂs superior hardware now that we use Intel processors,Â said Philip Schiller, AppleÂs senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. ÂWe think Boot Camp makes the Mac even more appealing to Windows users considering making the switch.Â
Boot Camp simplifies Windows installation on an Intel-based Mac by providing a simple graphical step-by-stepÂ*assistant applicationÂ*to dynamically create a second partition on the hard drive for Windows, to burn a CD with all the necessary Windows drivers, and to install Windows from a Windows XP installation CD.Â*After installation is complete, users can choose to run either Mac OS X or Windows when they restart their computer.
Pricing & Availability
The public beta of Boot Camp is available immediately as a download atÂ*Apple's Boot Camp Web page, andÂ*is preview software licensed for use on a trial basis for a limited time.Â*The final version of Boot Camp will be available as a feature in the upcoming Mac OS X version 10.5 "Leopard."
Apple will not provide support for installing or running Boot Camp and does not sell or support Microsoft Windows software. Apple, hwoever, is welcoming user feedback on Boot Camp atÂfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac with a USB keyboard and mouse, or a built-in keyboard and TrackPad; Mac OS X version 10.4.6 or later; the latest firmware update; at least 10GB of free space on the startup disk; a blank recordable CD or DVD; and single-disc version ofÂ*Windows XP Home Edition or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later.