Boot Camp’s been updated people, so what’s the dealio?
Four months have passed since the historic launch of Boot Camp so the answer is quite a lot. Perhaps most importantly, version 1.1 brings “support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers” which means Mac Pro users can join in the fun (it would’ve been far simpler to just say that).
New machines aside, the main focus appears to have been on functionality and usability. For example, Apple is heavily promoting the partitioning software in Boot Camp which can now simplify the process by providing a list of presets for popular HDD splitting sizes. The ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk also adds flexibility while built in support for microphones and iSight cameras is a real boon. When in Windows the Apple key has also been remapped to a right click (making it much like a standard Microsoft keyboard) and a number of unsupported keys are now all up and running including Delete, Print Screen, Number Lock and Scroll Lock.
Current Boot Camp users (are you reading this in Windows on your Mac you clever little things?!) will also be chuffed to hear that updating to version 1.1 will not require the hard drive to be repartitioned again or require a reinstallation of Mac OS X or XP. That said, Apple stresses that you should update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP.
Boot Camp 1.1 is available now as a 202MB download here and surely there is irony in its phenomenal success since every Mac user I’ve ever known used to swear blind they’d rather be flayed alive and strapped to a giant pillar of salt lick than touch Bill G’s ‘security challenged’ bag of worms…