Apple releases Boot Camp beta update

Apple today released version 1.1 beta of its Boot Camp software that allows Apple users to run MacOS X side by side with Windows XP on an Intel-based Mac. The 202 MB download adds support for newly released Intel-Macs, simplified partitioning, the ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk, support for the Isight camera and built-in microphones, as well as improved Apple keyboard support.

Apple recommends that users who previously a beta of installed Boot Camp to update to Boot Camp 1.1 beta. According to the company, users will not have to partition the hard drive again or reinstall Macintosh and Windows software as a result of the update. However, Apple says that users should create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP.

Boot Camp runs on Intel-Macs with Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later and requires 10 GB of free hard drive space - as well as a "bona fide" installation disc of Windows XP.