updated 05:15 pm EDT, Mon August 31, 2009
Boot Camp Win 7 64 support
The latest version of Boot Camp -- found in Mac OS X Snow Leopard -- supports the 64-bit version of Windows 7, examination shows. Though not heavily promoted by Apple, Boot Camp 3.0 is noted to feature both 32- and 64-bit drivers for Microsoft's next operating system, whereas Boot Camp 2.1 can only handle the 32-bit code. Some Mac owners have already been installing copies of Windows 7 despite the only legal availability being limited to a release candidate; the final software is due October 22nd.
Boot Camp has additionally been given a driver to allow Windows to read content in a Mac folder, although write permissions are still blocked. The upgrade should further improve battery life when running Windows 7 on a notebook, putting performance on par with Snow Leopard, and ease some interface problems. Multi-touch trackpads for instance should now be less sensitive, allowing practical use of features such as tab-to-click. Double-tab right-clicks are now said to work regularly.