Apple announced the 6.8-pound portable Monday, and said the $2,799 computer will ship next week.
In a check of several Macintosh reseller sites late Monday, TechWeb found numerous package deals that included Windows XP Home or Professional pre-loaded, or options that let buyers add the second OS to the MacBook Pro.
OnSale.com and ClubMac.com, for instance, tout a price of $2,849 with Windows XP Home, $2,899 with XP Professional; a MacBook Pro with just Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) costs $2,794 at OnSale, $2,644 at MacMall (with $150 mail-in rebate).
The resellers rely on Apple's Boot Camp dual-boot setup application to pre-install Windows XP in a second partition on the MacBook Pro's hard disk drive.
Apple has flatly stated that it doesn't intend to pre-install Windows, but seems to have no objection to its resellers doing just that. The rejection, analysts have said, comes from a combination of Apple not wanting to shill Windows, a competitor in the operating system space, and not wanting the responsibility of supporting Windows, as it would need to do if it became a Windows OEM.
In other MacBook related news, Apple dropped the 17-inch PowerPC-based PowerBook from its online store on Monday, leaving only the $1,499 12-inch PowerBook from the original G4 lineup.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.