Hackintosh Deathbed Imminent

It’s looking like Apple’s switch from Intel processors to Apple Silicon is spinning down the Hackintosh community slowly, but surely.

PC hardware on home office deskI’ve been a Apple Macintosh owner for multiple decades, and a user even longer – dating back to journalism classes in high school. My first Apple product I actually owned was the iMac G4. It had a unique look, and was a space-saving design that was perfect for a recent college grad like me way back in the year 2000.

But Apple is notorious for its premiums for ownership – with some of its biggest “Apple tax” items being things like memory upgrades and internal storage (SSDs and spinning drives before) often costing twice what the equivalent GBs/TBs would cost in the PC world.

Apple’s Intel Era

When Apple announced the switch to Intel processors, it spawned a community where ingenious people figured out ways to use off-the-shelf hardware to run the Mac operating systems on non-Apple hardware.

I had built several PCs back in college and plan on doing it again soon with my boys to have a gaming machine. The higher performance at a cheaper price was super alluring. I was tempted several times to build my own Hackintosh. I went as far as having a spreadsheet with all the components I’d need, the pricing, the links to where to buy, etc. But I never pulled the trigger. I was a little worried I’d be one upgrade away from bricking the hardware, or at least making it less-than-optimal. I was also worried applications like iMessage, FaceTime, AirDrop, Continuity, etc. might not work as expected as all.

Apple Silicon

So now as Apple has moved to its own silicon over Intel processors across its whole line, the Hackintosh community is dwindling. Newest builds of the Mac OS no longer has the basic, but crucial pieces needed to make Hackintoshes still a thing – things like Ethernet and WiFi drivers. Those applications I had apprehension about all are no longer able to operate as expected without the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet drivers.

Apple obviously is doing the right thing from a software development best practices – removing legacy code, drivers, etc. from its newest operating systems. Part of the reason Windows is often such a attack vector is because of its legacy support for hardware, software, drivers, etc. Apple is not as vunerable in this area by the sheer fact that they deprecate things much faster – also part of the Apple tax, but a worthy tradeoff.

9to5mac.com: The end of an era: ‘Hackintosh is on its deathbed,’ users say

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