Well pigs can fly and Satan is wearing a parka. Apple dropped a huge bomb shell today when it released the Public Beta of Boot Camp for Intel Macs. We now have official support from Apple for running Windows XP. Boot Camp burns a CD with all the Mac-specific drivers for Windows including Graphics, Networking, Audio, AirPort wireless, Bluetooth, The Eject key (on Apple keyboards), Brightness control for built-in displays. It also offers a startup disk control panel for Windows. To run it you will need an Intel Based Mac running OS 10.4.6, the latest firmware update, 10GB of free disk space, a blank CD and a copy of Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional. The software is available now, but will also be included in the upcoming Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. I am sure we will see a nice little surge in Intel based Mac sales too. Nice job Apple.
Update: I just placed an order for an Intel Mac Mini so I can do a review of Boot Camp. If anyone would like to donate (Use PayPal link on right-hand side.) to the show to help offset some of the cost I would appreciate it :)
Fund status: $498.00 (USD) out of $599.00
Update #2: Looks like there is now a virtualization product called Parallels that will eliminate the need for dual-booting. Once I have the Mini I should be able to install and test this method too. We will compare how each performs.