Apple Launches Latest Beta Version of Boot Camp

The updated version of Apple's software that allows Mac users to run Windows comes on the heels of Apple's update of its MacBook Pro line with Intel's Core 2 Duo processor.

The latest version of Apple Computers Boot Camp software is now available for Macintosh users.

The Cupertino, Calif., PC maker released the latest beta version of the software, called Boot Camp 1.1.2, on its Web site on Oct. 30. The software gives Intel-based Macs the ability to run Microsofts Windows operating system.

In its announcement, Apple said the new version of Boot Camp will support the "latest Intel-based Macintosh computers," which is a reference to the companys announcement on Oct. 24 that it has updated its MacBook Pro notebooks with Intels Core 2 Duo processor.

This latest announcement was similar to a Boot Camp update given on Sept. 18, after Apple and Intel announced that the two companies had begun offering the Core 2 Duo processor in the iMac line.

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On Oct. 18, Apple announced its fourth-quarter financial results and company executives said that since Boot Camp was first introduced on April 5 it has been downloaded more than a million times by users.

During the same announcement, Apple said it had sold a record 1.61 million Mac computers during this years third quarter. Analysts say those sales, in part, were boosted by user interest in running Windows using the Boot Camp software.

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The latest Boot Camp beta is a 143MB download. On its Web site, Apple said users can upgrade to the latest version of Boot Camp from an older version without having to partition the hard drive again.

Although Boot Camp is available for Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6, the software will be bundled in OS X Version 10.5, Leopard, which CEO Steve Jobs has said will be released in the spring of 2007.

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