A new version of Apple’s Boot Camp software has been released offering support for the latest Intel-based Macs.

The software lets owners of Intel Macs install Windows XP on their Mac in a separate partition, allowing users to choose which operating system to boot up to on startup.

As well as supporting Apple’s newest machines, version 1.1.2 makes it easier to partition hard disks for the installation of Windows XP by offering partitioning presets. Furthermore, it allows users to install Windows XP on any internal disk; adds support for built-in iSight cameras and microphones; supports Apple's USB modem, trackpad scrolling; and provides improved keyboard support.

Apple notes that installation is relatively painless: "If you previously installed Boot Camp beta, you can easily update to Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta. You don't need to partition your hard drive again (unless you want to change its size) or reinstall your Macintosh and Windows software or documents, but it's very important to update the Boot Camp Assistant software, create a new Macintosh Drivers for Windows CD and install the updated software it contains on Windows XP."

Complete instructions are provided in the Installation and Setup Guide included with the Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta software.

This version of Boot Camp requires an Intel Mac running at least Mac OS X 10.4.6.