Apple has released Boot Camp 1.3 beta. Apple Boot Camp enables Intel-based Macs to run Windows.

Apple Boot Camp 1.3 beta is available for download now from Apple's website.

Apple Boot Camp 1.3 adds support for keyboard backlighting on MacBook Pros, and now supports Apple Remote pairing, updates graphics drivers, improves Boot Camp driver installation, improves international keyboard support, fixes localisation issues, and updates Windows Help for Boot Camp.

Boot Camp emerged as one of the first ways Intel-based Macs could run Windows as well as Mac OS X. Apple Boot Camp 1.3 remains a free beta.

Since Boot Camp was first released, commercial solutions have appeared. Alternatives to Apple boot Camp include Parallels Desktop for Mac, CrossOver Mac, VMware Fusion and TransGaming Cider.

All these commercial Boot Camp rivals make use of newer Macs' Intel microprocessor architecture to run Windows or Windows applications or games much faster than was ever possible using emulation.

Updating to the new version does not require you to repartition your hard drive or reinstall Mac or Windows software or documents, but you do nee to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Mac Drivers CD and install the updated software it contains onto Windows.

System requirements call for an Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X v10.4.6 or later, the latest firmware updates, 10GB free hard disk space, a recordable CD or DVD, a printer for the instructions, and a "bona fide full version" of Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate.