Apple mulling charging for Boot Camp

Apple mulling charging for Boot Camp

Summary: Apple's Boot Camp software which allows you to boot into a full-blown Windows environment (on a partition) may soon be going pay-for-play. The software which has been in perennial beta testing since its launch on 5 April, 2006 is currently hovering at version 1.1.2b.

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Boot Camp 1.0Apple's Boot Camp software which allows you to boot into a full-blown Windows environment (on a partition) may soon be going pay-for-play. The software which has been in beta testing since its launch on 5 April, 2006 is currently hovering at version 1.1.2b.

MacScoop brings word that Apple will most likely charge for Boot Camp as an "incentive" for you to upgrade to the company's forthcoming Mac OS 10.5 "Leopard." Funny incentives, those upgrade fees are.

It works like this: 10.5/Leopard will include the final version of Boot Camp for free (that's if you call buying a US$129 software upgrade free). Tightwads sticking with 10.4/Tiger will have to cough up a few duckets to get the final version of BC. The rumor is around US$29.

Anyone else suspect that the beta version of Boot Camp will suddenly stop working when the final version is released? Geez, first it's an "n tax" for 802.11n, now this? Save up your nickles and dimes folks.

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  • Easiest to just give Apple your bank account #

    This will reduce the hassle of having to pull out your credit card every couple days when Apple finds some new way of charging you again for something you've already paid for. Want to unlock a feature on the $2,000 Mac you just bought? That'll be $2.00 (for now). Want to continue doing useful things with your Mac? That'll be $30.00 for Bootcamp (Macs are useless without Windows software). Want the hundreds of new vulnerabilities in OSX to be patched? That'll be $129 for the latest service pack.

    And anyone who doesn't support DRM should certainly stay away from Mac hardware which is the only hardware that [b]must[/b] ship with DRM hardware or the OS won't work.
    http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2006/04/05/mac_security_the_evil_drm.htm
    NonZealot
    • Complete Ignorance

      That chip is there to protect Apple's software from being pirated to millions of
      PCs, and quite frankly, it's doing a damn good job, considering how many people
      are actually trying to install Mac OS X Tiger on their PCs. Only a few have
      managed, so far. I'd say it's a much more practical approach than Microsoft's
      "Genuine Advantage" bullshit. What's wrong with a little DRM? Why do you think
      iTunes has been so successful? Most users have no problems with the limitations
      set by FairPlay DRM. If it weren't for Apple's DRM, the music industry wouldn't
      have allowed them to sell music.

      As for Apple charging $30 for BootCamp, so what? The BootCamp license has
      always stated that BootCamp was to be offered for a limited time. Other solutions
      are more expensive. Hey, I can buy BootCamp with all of that money I've saved
      from not having to purchase virus protection! I hate to break it to you, but when a
      Mac users shells out $2,000 for a new Mac, they actually get their money's worth.
      I can't say the same about any PC.
      UbiquitousGeek
  • What if

    you don't even have OS X installed on your Mac, only Windows? Will Windows refuse to boot, or is it just impossbile to change your boot partition, which isn't necessary if you are not dual booting.

    Right now I have a Mac Mini with Windows and Gentoo Linux, but no OS X. And I don't use Boot Camp for that, I use elilo. I love the Mini, but OS X just wasn't doing anything for me.
    Michael Kelly
  • I haven't paid anything since Tiger

    I paid for the Family Version of Tiger, since we are a four Mac family. I haven't given Apple a dime for software since (we traded out an old G3 Mac for an Intel Mini). The good thing about Apple is that I expect to run Leopard on my G4 I purchased four years ago with System 9 on it. Try running five copies of the Windows OS for less than $200. Even the crippleware WinXP Home.
    Grammyputer