Thinking: Dollars for Boot Camp


So there’s buzz that Apple may charge for Boot Camp functionality in 10.5/Leopard. I’ll be slightly surprised if this turns out to be true. Mainly because it’s currently an option that’s freely available which makes Apple Computers fly higher than their beige-box brethren in being the only machines capable of natively running OS X and Windows. I don’t think Apple would start charging folks for something that easily helps them stand out to the waves of Switchers that are coming to the platform each day.

On the other hand, Boot Camp is slightly more advanced in use than the likes of Parallels, which makes the process much more streamlined and more easily accessible for the user. Being more of a ‘Pro’ option – this is just opinion here – it very well could go the way of Quicktime, requiring an upgrade fee each new OS launch. (I just assume I’ll have to pay $29.95 to upgrade to QT Pro 8 when Leopard pounces.) Granted there’s not currently a basic and pro version of Boot Camp, but who knows what may come with Leopard – it’s not like any of us have heard anything about it in months!

Leaving Boot Camp to be freely available with the future operating system gives Apple an edge over the competition, and I don’t think they’ll make things harder on themselves – and their customers – by charging an extra fee for the dual boot capability. With so much momentum in Apple’s corner, I believe it’s the smarter move to bundle it, rather than charge. But Apple’s none to opposed to the yearly Apple Taxes (OS 10.x, iLife, iWork, QT Pro x) either. So rumor or truth? I tend to believe the former, but I suppose we’ll find out soon.


Juanita kretschmar

Would you answer my question? Can a person who installs Windows on MacBook also install Windows applications in the Windows partition and use them normally–for example Access with its Database and QuickBooks (Intuit) with POS. I would love to be down to one computer when I travel! Your response will help determine whether I feel free to use this as I would with any “normal” pc. thankyou. By the way, this is WHY I’m considering returning to Mac…jk


I would buy it, but I would really like it to be able to have at least three native OS (OS X, Windows and Linux). Despite what Apple’s marketing tells us there are still far too many applications in science and academia that are Linux or Windows only, or run best on Linux or Windows (more stable, faster, etc) and which have performance requirements that forbid the use in a VM. Thus enabling more than one bootcamp partition would be really great for us. And we keep the hability to run windows apps natively if the need arises.

Kyle Korleski

I hardly think that Apple will do this. They offer Quicktime for free. They offer Mail for free. I feel that this will be an integral feature in Apple Mac OS X.


I dont see the issue. Its a public beta that will cost when released, be it $29 for Tiger users or as part of the $130 to upgrade to Leopard.

Eddie Hargreaves

Apple has always stated that Boot Camp will be an included feature of 10.5 Leopard. The question is whether or not they will charge for a 10.4 Tiger edition.


I don’t see a problem with it if they charged for Boot Camp (for 10.4 or 10.5). Why? Because not everyone is going to use it, just like iLife and iWork, and they don’t give those away for free. What’s so bad about charging a pretty small price for Boot Camp?

Grant (divigation)

Same here, Tiger only. It doesn’t make alot of sense though, I agree why get something new for free, what doesn’t make sense to me is why Apple would release Boot Camp for Tiger in a full release. It serves no purpose for the company, why not leave the Tiger version as a free public beta and spend your resources developing the Leopard version? If they are going to release a full, supported version it makes sense, but why bother releasing it now, at the end of Tiger’s life-span when the beta suffices for those that don’t upgrade? I will be hopping on Leopard first thing, so I am not concerned either way.


Yeah, I haven’t heard anything about Apple charging for this funtionality in Leopard–only Tiger. Which makes sense, as–if you’re not upgrading to the new OS–why should you get new functionality from that OS for free?


I’m pretty sure the reports say that the fee will be for Tiger, included at no charge for Leopard. Makes a little more sense, and falls in line with all the new SOX stuff we hear about, i.e. the 802.11n charge.

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