Boot Camp: Free for Leopards, $30 for Tigers

When Leopard, the forthcoming version of Apple’s OS X, hits the streets in the coming weeks, it will ship with Boot Camp, built-in software that allows Intel-based Macs to dual-boot to Windows XP (or, indeed, Vista). It’s included as part of the 10.5 OS package. But if you’re planning on sticking with Tiger, the most recent OS X version, Apple wants you to pay $30 for Boot Camp.

Is this a nickel-and-diming, money-making scheme or a carrot-and-stick approach for getting users up to Leopard? We think it’s a little bit of both.

Apple to charge Mac OS X Tiger users for final Boot Camp release? [MacScoop]