Apple’s Boot Camp reportedly will support Microsoft’s newly-released Windows 7 operating system by year’s end, but Macs produced in 2006 may be out of luck. The Cupertino, Calif. company informed retailers Boot Camp for Mac OS X Snow Leopard will exclude Windows 7 support for some iMacs, MacBook Pros and Mac Pros.
In a memo, the company announced the following models “will not be supported for use with Windows 7 using Boot Camp”:
Although Apple has yet to explain reasons for excluding 2006 Macs, speculation centers on a possible lack of drivers that could result in some devices not fully functional under Windows. Boot Camp includes a CD of drivers enabling Mac-specific features such as the built-in iSight camera, backlit keyboard and more. Additionally, Snow Leopard’s version of Boot Camp also supports reading HFS+ volumes under Windows.
A solution may come from third-party device makers or Windows 7 which could install device drivers but not provide full support. Apple is expected to release updated support for Windows 7 drivers.