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Apple mulling charging for Boot Camp

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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Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributing Editor on

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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