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Apple to end 'Boot Camp' for Tiger users

updated 08:55 pm EST, Wed November 28, 2007

Boot Camp beta expires

Although Boot Camp is a feature of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple has been offering a beta trial of the service for 10.4 Tiger for almost two years, and announced today that it will be discontinuing support for Tiger Boot Camp users. Originally introduced in April 2006, the Boot Camp beta allows Tiger users to install Windows on their Intel-based Macs, making it easier for Windows users to switch to a Mac, while offering Mac users a wider variety of software and games. Existing Boot Camp beta participants will still be entitled to keep their Windows partitions, but the software that manages installations will be deactivated, and Apple will no longer provide updates, requiring users to upgrade to Leopard if they wish to add to or modify the Boot Camp partition.

Apple has let users know about the expiration through the email address they provided when downloading the trial. "With the introduction of Leopard, the Boot Camp Beta program has ended. The Boot Camp Beta software will expire on December 31, and Apple won't offer further updates of Boot Camp Beta for Mac OS X Tiger," Apple says in the email. ""We hope you've enjoyed the opportunity to preview an exciting new feature of Mac OS X Leopard."

by MacNN Staff





  1. magicbumone

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Boot Camp

    Do people still use boot camp? VMware Fusion is so much better than boot camp!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why is this news

    Why is this constantly being reported as news and trying to put a bad slant on Apple for being so nasty. From Day One of BootCamp it was announced AND publicised on Apples Bootcamp web site that this was a BETA and would expire upon the release of leopard.

    Users that have there drives partitioned will STILL be able to boot into both Mac OS X and Windows as they always have been able to - the only thing they wont be able to do is START UP THE BOPOTCAMP ASSISTANT to alter or restore there partitions.

    Why arent the media reporting this - because Bagging Apple is the flavour of the month as usual. Please report the full story if you must report something that is so out of date and meaningless.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Paid option might be good

    ...for those who may not be able or willing to move to Leopard...?

  1. ClockNova

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not really.

    Fusion and Parallels are great. . . unless you're a gamer.

  1. adrian_milliner

    Joined: Dec 1969



    To "guest" above, if you read this piece, you'll see that that are just reporting that Apple are officially letting bootcamp beta users know the beta is ending.

    The piece does say that it won't stop you from using BC, only that the assistant won't run or be supported.

    For once, macnn have actually reported something accurately and without tabloid sensationalism.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: boot camp

    Fusion and Parallels are no good for Windows gaming.

    And seeing as Boot Camp is free with Leopard lots of people (like me) will be using it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have fusion, but its speed pales compares to running Windows in boot camp. And if you have a long enough task (or large enough), why waste time running Windows over OS X when you can run it at full speed, with full memory, and full capabilities of the hardware that boot camp offers?

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    supply and demand

    This only means that the market is now officially open for a third party company to launch a software like boot-camp for OS X. Fusion may do it, who knows!

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