Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bootcamp Drops Support for Windows XP and Vista on New MacBooks ***UPDATE***



Bootcamp no longer offers support for Windows XP and Vista on the new MacBooks just released last week, according to ZDNet.

An Apple support documents says,

MacBook Air (Late 2010) and MacBook Pro (Early 2011) computers support 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate.

Note: Windows XP and Vista drivers are not supplied for these computers and are not supported.

To use Boot Camp with with Windows 7, you need the following:
● An optical drive (MacBook Air computers require an external optical disc drive to install Windows 7).
● A blank CD or USB storage device to contain the Windows Drivers created by the Boot Camp Assistant.
● For 32-bit versions of Windows, at least 16 GB of free space.
● For 64-bit versions of Windows, at least 20 GB of free space.
● Boot Camp Assistant, which is pre-installed in /Applications/Utilities/ .
● An authentic, 32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate disc.





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***UPDATE***


  • You are chatting with Gabriel R, an Apple Expert
  • Hi, my name is Gabriel R. Welcome to Apple!
  • Good afternoon! How may I assist you today?
  • hi, i have a question about bootcamp on the new mbp
  • Hello.
  • Yes. Any new Mac lets you install and natively run Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP with the built in Boot Camp feature. Additionally, if you need to run both Mac and Windows applications simultaneously, we recommend VMware or Parallels software.
  • so there is support for windows xp?
  • Yes, correct.
  • Will this be your first Mac?
  • i have read online on many sites that apple had stopped support for windows xp...
  • no second..
  • Great.
  • How will you be using your Mac, for example what programs will you be using on the Mac?
  • well i use Photoshop, Final cut pro, and a few others on OSX and Auto desk inventor and autocad on the windows xp partition....
  • Excellent!
  • Will you store all of your music, video and photos on your Mac? Or maybe as well use an external hard drive?
  • i am a mechanical engineering student and need support for windows xp, i have the previous model of the mbp 15.4 i7 and would love the thunderbolt upgrade, and the boost in the fsb...
  • Yes, it is amazing!
  • The 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro now feature quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. And the 13-inch models jump to dual-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. All models are up to 2x faster.
  • New Thunderbolt technology lets you connect high-performance peripherals and high-resolution displays to one port — with data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps.
  • thank you for the info, now i have to sell my current mbp and buy a new one... ;-)
  • Do you need to have something like Word, Excel or PowerPoint on your Mac?
  • i have office 08 on my mac and iwork...
  • Which screen size would you prefer?
  • 15.4
  • Based on your needs I recommend for you the new MacBook Pro 15" 2.2GHz. With 4 GB RAM and 750GB hard drive. That will give you great speed to run all your applications and enough space for your files and programs. Will that MacBook Pro work for you? How does that sound?
  • I also recommend iWork 09 and AppleCare. For Macs, AppleCare offers 3 years of unlimited calls to our technical support team, it extends the original coverage from 1 year to 3 years. And you get global repair coverage for your Mac — both parts and labor — through convenient service options. You can add them to your Mac and get more details on them in the configuration page.
  • i was just wondering do you have any info on the previous models pricing? i dont remember what i paid for it...
  • is there a family pac for apple care?
  • I'm sorry we no longer carry new ones previous generation just refurbished section.
  • i just needed the price...
  • pack*
  • There is not since AppleCare is based on the product serial number.
  • Let me know if the link works fine.
  • Now for the new Mac I will stay online with you and leave this chat open while you place the order, in case you have any questions.
  • Once you place the order, you can type in your order number here so i can verify our order went through fine.
  • well i cant buy a new one until i sell my current mbp..
  • We currently offer two credit options: The Barclaycard Financing Visa card, which is offered through Barclays Bank Delaware, and Bill Me Later, which is offered through CIT Bank.
  • thanks for the info and for confirming that windows xp and vista are still supported...
  • Is there anything else I can assist you with today?
  • You are welcome.
  • Thank you for visiting the Apple Store. We appreciate your business. If you would like more help, please chat with us again.
  • is there any way i can get a transcript of this conversation?
  • You can just copy and paste to save it.
  • Have a great day.
  • thank you, and have a great day too..
  • Thank you for visiting the Apple Store. We appreciate your business. If you would like more help, please chat with us again.
  • Thank you for choosing the Apple Store. If you have any additional questions, please chat us again.


It may seem Zdnet is wrong! windows xp and vista are still supported by bootcamp in the new macbook pro and air models.

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Mac OS X Lion Adds 'Signature Capture' Feature to Preview




Apple has added a new feature to capture your handwritten signature and place it into documents using Mac OS X Lion and Preview.


Discovered by a 9to5Mac reader, the new 'Signature Capture' is accessed from the Annotate toolbar.






Simply hold up a piece of paper to your computer's camera and Preview will capture the signature and store it for future use.





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Apple Adds Yahoo Messenger Video Chat to iChat




Apple has added support for Yahoo Messenger text, voice, and video chat to its iChat application for Mac OS X Lion, according to an AppleInsider report.

For Lion, Apple has added Yahoo as an account type. Yahoo operates its own proprietary protocol that can't interoperate with AOL or Jabber type accounts.

The other primary chat protocol is Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger, which is also proprietary and does not support cross chat with AOL or Jabber, although Microsoft and Yahoo have created a gateway between their two networks.

News of the new Yahoo client working with video and voice chat was initially reported by blogger iMarck90.

Yahoo Messenger was the first app to bring 3G video chat to the iPhone.




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Find My Mac Could Be Coming to OS X




References found in the developer preview of Mac OS X Lion reveal that Apple has been testing a new Find My Mac feature, according to 9to5Mac.

The details are scarce at this point, but we have found references to a Find my Mac service deep down in the 10.7 file system. The actual system files don’t tell us much besides the name, but they do share this Lion build number: 11A372z.

That build number appears to be an internal seed, meaning Apple has been playing around with this Find my Mac feature internally, but swiped it from the developer preview.

Find My iPhone is a free MobileMe service that lets you locate your device on a map should it be lost or stolen.






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Retina Monitor Support Found in Mac OS X Lion




Apple may be building in support for super high resolution 'Retina' monitors into Mac OS X Lion, according to files found my MacRumors.

Taking cues from iOS, Apple has reportedly built in support for what it calls "HiDPI display modes". These HiDPI modes allow developers to supply 2x-enlarged images to support double-high resolution displays. Like the iPhone 4's Retina Display, this means that user interface elements will remain the same size, but everything will be twice the resolution and therefore twice as detailed. For example, instead of a 1440x900 pixel 15" MacBook Pro, you could have a 2880x1800 pixel 15" MacBook Pro. All the screen elements would be the same physical size as elements on the 1440x900 display, but with a much higher level of detail. Developers would simply need to provide 2x-resolution images for their user interface elements, just like on the iPhone to support its high resolution Retina display.

Apple recently released the first preview of Mac OS X Lion to developers. The new operating system is expected to be released to the public this summer.




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