“Apple has done a great job of marketing the Intel-based Macs’ ability to run Windows, but has confused some ordinary users into thinking all new Macs come with a built-in ability to run Windows software and use third-party devices designed only for Windows-based PCs,” Dave Zeiler reports for The Baltimore Sun.
“Two co-workers recently sought my counsel with this type of query. Both had bought peripheral devices for a Mac user before discovering the device was not Mac compatible,” Zeiler reports.
“Both said they had heard new Macs could run Windows and expressed hope the destination Macs still would be able to use the devices. I had to tell them that while the newer Intel-based Macs can indeed run Windows, the user must buy and install a retail copy of Windows to enable that capability. Though disappointed, they understood,” Zeiler reports.
Zeiler reports, “I’m not sure what Apple should do to clarify this point for its growing legions of non-technical users, but it might behoove Cupertino to give it some thought. People who hear ‘Macs can now run Windows’ not unreasonably may expect it to do so out of the box.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Website section that promotes Mac to potential switchers, “You can even run Windows,” states “Purchase of Windows required.” Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard “Boot Camp” features page spells it out in bold type: “Leopard is the world’s most advanced operating system. So advanced, it even lets you run Windows if there’s a PC application you need to use. Just get a copy of Windows and start up Boot Camp, now included with Leopard.”