Apple shares surge over 6-percent in early trading on ‘Boot Camp’ news

Shares of Apple computer rose $3.79 or 6.20% in early NASDAQ trading today to hit $64.96 on heavy volume of 26,938,348 shares after Apple this morning released “Boot Camp” which Apple will include in the next major release of Mac OS X, Leopard, that lets usersu install and run the Windows XP operating system on Macs.

Apple’s web site states, “Called Boot Camp (for now), you can download a public beta today.”

More info on Boot Camp and download link here.

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27 Comments

  1. Running Windows on Macs will not harm OSX. How can it? Market share is already increasing with Macs that don’t run Windows so this can only be a bonus and introduce OSX to those who would have avoided taking the risk in buying a Mac. Plus, if it does go titsup.com, then Steve can always do what he did with the Mac cloning programme when it was cannibalizing sales and kill it dead.

  2. Incredible. The market has been open for like 2 hours and AAPL has already hit 30.5 million shares trade. Average daily volume is 36.9 million shares.

    Also interesting is how Apple revealed that Boot Camp would a part of Leopard – talking about setting up a feeding frenzy for the WWDC! Can you imagine how many more people will be paying attention to WWDC just as a result of Boot Camp?

    And guess what! Steve Jobs will spend 3 hours showing off amazing, mind-blowing features of Leopard to a totally shell-shocked audience, many of whom will be from Windows-only background, i.e. Windows users who had absolutely no idea how advanced Mac OS X had become.

    Is this a perfect set-up or what? On the one had, there is Windows XP in all its glory (*cough*) being compared directly to Mac OS X 10.5. With the media in a feeding frenzy the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1984 commercial….

    WWDC 2006: How to get $200 million worth of advertising for Mac OS X 10.5, for free

  3. OK, trolls, where art thou? Is this just another loser move by Apple?

    With Vista Consumer Edition virtually dead in the water (wanna bet that Jan, 2007 gets pushed back as well?), this is just another baby step, another small inroad into the behemoth’s territory.

    Remember, GM once ruled the world too; so be afraid, MS-fanboys. Be VERY afraid!

  4. PC Apologist,

    How lame. This was the “worst” idea that Mac users collectively pitched in more than $13,000 to get Windows running on a Mac.

    So on the one hand, you are trying to deride Mac users for having some kind of herd mentality where everything from Apple is automatically deemed good. But on the other hand, you ignore the fact that many Mac users had a different opinion just so your biases are not disturbed.

    More like you are so filled with envy that you can’t help but attempt to mischaracterize what had been a passionate desire of many Mac users. Most Mac users probably won’t care about Boot Camp, but guess what, Boot Camp is made for — here’s a hit with the clue stick — Windows users who are thinking of switching to the Mac!

  5. This is just a temporary bubble in Apple stock.

    It won’t go up permanently until Apple has real facts that they’re selling more product.

    Todays increase is just savvy investors recognizing a good short term opportunity for gain.

    The smartest ones bought early and will jump out later today.

    10,000 shares in and out, with a $3.75 run-up, I’m done for the day, I’m gonna go have a nice lunch.

    Thanx Apple!

  6. It’s a Trojan Horse.

    “I can’t run Windows programs on the Mac.”
    “What do you mean? Now you can run Windows ON the Mac!”
    “I can? You mean I don’t have to lose the $5000 I invested in games? Tell me more!”

    “I’d love to get a Mac, but my business software doesn’t run on the Mac OS.”
    “You don’t need to run it in the Mac OS, just install Windows XP on your Mac, and you can run both!”
    “Really? I didn’t know that. Tell me more.”

    I know, pie-in-the-sky situations, but still, it opens doors for switchers that they didn’t think they could open before. (they were already open, they just didn’t know, or didn’t want to know) It’s just one less hurdle for Switchers to deal with. One less excuse to keep from buying a Mac.

  7. This is why I do not play the short term market. When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, he learned the hard lessons of business without loosing the vision. You can simply expect mind blowing announcements coming from Apple periodically.

    I hope the bear raiders got caught with their shorts down — bad pun, I know. Now they can grab their ankles and scream. They have been had.

  8. BoB, if you really, really believe what you say, SHORT, man! SHORT! Put the old money where the mouth is! (Or do you suspect that there just MIGHT be even more spectacular news coming from The Steve soon?)

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