Abandoning Boot Camp for Parallels?

July 3, 2006

Get a Mac AdApple seems to be confused on what to support, their own dual-boot method or Parallels’ virtualization alternative. Many clues on Apple’s website point to the theory that Apple is more interested in Parallels than Boot Camp. The picture attached to this article is a screenshot of the Get a Mac “Touché” ad at the end when it displays the footnote: “Purchase of Windows and Parallels software required”.

The Get a Mac website also argues that “You can even run Windows software”, with the words “Boot Camp” not found anywhere within the article. The picture with the article adds more suspicion to the fact that there is no Parallels icon in the dock. Is this just a coincidence or does it another clue that Apple may include a virtualization feature in Leopard?

Apple has many ways to go about this; they could:

  • respect Parallel’s Desktop for Mac OS X and distribute and develop Boot Camp as their method for Windows on a Mac.
  • forget Boot Camp and buy Parallels Desktop to distribute as their own product.
  • forget Boot Camp and develop their own virtualization application.
  • buy Parallels Desktop and package Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp within Leopard and integrate the two so that they run from the same partition.

2 Responses

  1. webmacster87 says:

    They also have the fine print for Parallels in the actual Touché ad, around the point where Mac says, “Let’s try that again: You can buy a Mac and still run all your Windows software.” In the lower-left.

    July 15th, 2006 at 10:11 am

  2. Kuro Rai says:

    im sry 2 say none of this actually true… at the time of the ad Apple was not officially indorsing Boot Camp and therefore by saying it came with Boot Camp if there were any problems as it was in a development stage (ok yes this is Apple…. it was stable and fine) then they would be liable for all disappointed ppl… while this was out there… Apple is now however indorsing Boot Camp as it comes with Leopard as they have said…..

    August 18th, 2006 at 3:09 pm

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