Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.1.1

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By: switchtoamac at: 12:41 PM on September 15, 2006 | Comments (0)
Apple Computer on September 14, 2006 released an update to Boot Camp beta, its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs the ability to boot into and run the Microsoft Windows operating system.  Now at version 1.1.1, Apple describes the software as having the following features:
  • Support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers
  • Easier partitioning using presets for popular sizes
  • Ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk
  • iSight camera support
  • Support for built-in microphones
  • Right-click when pressing the right-hand Apple key on Apple keyboards
  • Improved Apple keyboard support including Delete, PrintScreen, NumLock, and ScrollLock keys

Note that these features are identical to those listed for Boot Camp beta 1.1. According to Apple's Boot Camp page, current Boot Camp users do not need to repartition their hard drives:

"If you previously installed Boot Camp beta, you can easily update to Boot Camp 1.1.1 beta," Apple says. "You don't need to partition your hard drive again (unless you want to change its size) or reinstall your Macintosh and Windows software or documents, but it's very important to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP."

First time Boot Camp beta users need to ensure that they have Intel-based Mac running at least Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6.  Also required are the latest Apple firmware updates, 10GB free hard disk space, a blank recordable CD and a legal Micrsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Home or Professional) installation disk.

Apple is recommending all current Boot Camp users to upgrade to version 1.1.1 beta.  Be sure to follow the instructions in the Installation & Setup Guide PDF. The 186MB download is available for free.  A non beta version of Boot Camp will ship as part of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard which is slated for release in Spring 2007.

Although Apple doesn't explain the exact details of the upgrade, it's logical to conclude taht the new version adds support for the recently released Core 2 Duo iMacs.  Mac Pro users will still have to take the extra steps to configure the Mac Pro with the Windows SATA drivers.

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