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Friday, September 15, 2006, 09:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET)

Apple releases Boot Camp 1.1.1 beta

Apple Computer on Thursday released an update to Boot Camp, its dual-booting software solution that allows Intel-based Macs to also run operating systems from rival Microsoft Corp.

"Boot Camp 1.1.1 beta contains many updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users," the company said.

The 186MB update delivers support for the latest Core 2 Duo Intel-based Macintosh computers (iMac and Mac mini).

Additionally, Apple has improved improved support for Bluetooth wireless devices.

"If you previously installed Boot Camp beta, you can easily update to Boot Camp 1.1.1 beta," Apple says. "You don't need to partition your hard drive again (unless you want to change its size) or reinstall your Macintosh and Windows software or documents, but it's very important to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP."

For new users, Boot Camp requires an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 or later, the latest Apple firmware updates, 10GB free hard disk space, a blank recordable CD and a bona fide installation disc for Microsoft Windows XP, Service Pack 2, Home or Professional.