updated 08:50 am EDT, Mon October 1, 2007
Boot Camp expiring
Apple has begun warning users that its beta Boot Camp software for running Windows on an Intel-based Mac will expire at the end of October. Unlike VMWare and Parallels virtualization solutions that run from within Mac OS X, Boot Camp allows users to start up their Mac using Microsoft's Windows operating system. The Cupertino-based company last week posted a technical support document indicating that some versions of the beta software have already expired and that the latest version will expire when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard ships in October. Apple's next-generation Leopard operating system was delayed earlier this year so the company could focus its development resources on the iPhone.
The document notes that the license to use Boot Camp Beta 1.2 or earlier expires on September 30, 2007 and that the Boot Camp Assistant Beta will no longer open after expiration. Apple says that users can continue using Boot Camp Beta by upgrading to Boot Camp Beta 1.4, but warns that that "the license to use Boot Camp Beta expires when Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is available to the public. To continue using Boot Camp at that time, upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard."
It is not clear whether Apple will offer its Boot Camp technology for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.