UPDATED: Apple on Tuesday created a stir when it introduced Boot Camp, public beta software that enables Intel-based Macs to also run Windows XP natively.
The software, which is available as a download beginning today, allows users with a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc to easily install Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac, and once installation is complete, users can restart their computer to run either Mac OS X or Windows XP in full speed.
Two weeks before Apple announced Boot Camp, a contest started by a user who promised his boss that a new MacBook Pro would boot Windows XP at full processor speed so it could replace an aging IBM desktop, was won by a guy who calls himself narf2006. He succeeded in being the first person on the net to develop a solution to boot Windows XP on Intel-based Macs that has been confirmed by testers on various systems, and won US$13,854 in the process. I wonder if Apple had already cracked it & just waited until someone else cracked it too before releasing Boot camp or did they use narf’s crack to make Boot camp?.
The crew over at Gearlog have even benchmarked the speed of 3 intelmacs running Windows XP. They booted XP on a 20″ iMac, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac Mini Intel Core Duo all in the same room, and ran various tests between them and compared them to a few dual core Windows laptops. The MacBook Pro beat four other Core Duo laptops on the Photoshop test. The two Mac desktops outran even blazing-fast single core systems, which typically do the Windows Media Encoder test in 10-13 minutes.
This opens up huge possibilities for thousands of people who really want a Mac, but need a quick pc for work, to play PC based games or to do programming on it in Windows XP. Now they can boot into Windows XP to do their work & then restart into Mac OSX when they get home to do all the fun stuff! It’s two computers for the price of one. Of course Apple knows like we do that once people start using the vastly superior Mac OSX, they wont bother booting into Windows unless they absolutely have to.