Apple will introduce support for Windows 7 within Boot Camp by the end of the year, the company has confirmed.

In a short tech support document posted to the Apple site, the company said, "Apple will support Microsoft Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) with Boot Camp in Mac OS X Snow Leopard before the end of the year.”

The company also confirmed, "This support will require a software update to Boot Camp." Apple did not reveal a schedule for the Boot Camp update.

Apple also warned of nine Mac models that just won’t be able to run Windows 7 in Boot Camp. (Though we’d note the most likely guest OS may be Windows XP, for all those migrating to the Mac from Windows in preference to an upgrade to W7, but anyway…)

The Macs unable to run Windows 7 are:

        iMac (17-inch, Early 2006)
        iMac (17-inch, Late 2006)
        iMac (20-inch, Early 2006)
        iMac (20-inch, Late 2006)
        MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2006)
        MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2006)
        MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2006)
        MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2006)
        Mac Pro (Mid 2006, Intel Xeon Dual-core 2.66GHz or 3GHz)
 

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