Analyst: Apple’s Boot Camp may bring ‘significant benefits’ beginning in 2006 holiday quarter

“Apple Computer has again stunned the IT world by producing software that allows the rival Windows operating system to run natively on its new line of Intel chip-equipped Macintosh computers. The Boot Camp software, seen by some as an attack on the soft underbelly of Windows, will be included in Leopard, the forthcoming new version of Apple’s operating system,” Garry Barker writes for The Age. “A free download of the beta version is available on the Apple website (http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp). It requires a user to have legal copies of Microsoft Windows and application software to run under it. Boot Camp will not run on older Macs.”

“Industry analysts say it is a clever move by Apple to gain greater traction for its hardware, particularly its elegant MacBook Pro notebooks, among corporate and business Windows users,” Barker writes. “It will also expose Windows users to the attractions of Apple’s software, and could accelerate switching to Macintosh. Since the arrival of the iPod, Apple’s share of the desktop and portable computer market has almost doubled to just under 6 per cent in the US.”

“Apple’s Unix-based operating system is widely regarded, even among Windows users, as the best software of its kind. By contrast, Microsoft has been forced again to delay delivery of its new Windows system, known as Vista, which has been nearly five years in development,” Barker writes. “Ben Reitzes, an analyst with UBS Investment Research, said Boot Camp might bring Apple ‘significant benefits,’ beginning in its December quarter.”

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18 Comments

  1. My switcher buddies are estatic about Boot Camp. One almost-switcher is REALLY regretting his laptop purchase last week. I advised him to return it and get a MacBook Pro. The fact I have defects with my MBP didn’t help though and I suspect he’ll remain on the dark side for now.

  2. Posted earlier, but bears repeating on this thread…

    “I’ve got 4 friends buying 4 iMacs this week, switchers all. One of them is getting an additional 4 iMacs for her 4 hair salons. Simply because of the minimalist design. This “xp on a mac” strategy will work.

    Porting itunes over to windows was the big boost behind the ipod growth. Now allowing windows users to experience the mac will have the same effect.

    Dell and Gateway are going to take a big hit this year.”

    Go apple!

  3. What a load! You zealots are too much.

    This news is manufactured and phony. Tunes downlaoding is the best that His Steveness can do.

    Wake up and smell the pie, fools. You’re day and Apple’s is done.

    Apple is a walking dead man. I don’t have time to explain it all to you, because old people are still kicking me at the park.

    Losers!

  4. YOU MOTHERF-CKERS!!! I’M GONNA F-CKING KILL ALL OF YOU MAC SCUMBAGS.

    YOU MAC LOSERS ARE PATHETIC. YOU [ouch!] DON’T GET IT AND NEVER [ouch!] WILL!!!!

    I HAVE MORE BRAINPOWER IN MY [thwack!] LEFT NUT THAN ALL OF YOUR FAT ASSES PUT TOGETHER!!! [ouch!]

    SUCK IT!! YOU WON’T HAVE MACDUDE/MARY/6 REASONS/TRUTH HURTS TO [thwack!] KICK AROUND ANYMORE!!!

    [thwack!] [thwack!] OUCH!! WILL YOU QUIT HITTING ME YOU STUPID OLD BAG?!?!?!?

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