Apple’s new Mac computers are killing my hackintosh

Apple's M1 chip

Apple’s M1 chip is being touted as a leap forward for Macs. But that is the death of my hackintosh.


One of my favorite warning hobbies is ending, and that’s Apple’s fault.

Back in 2016, I was disappointed Apple didn’t update it Mac mini, IMac or Mac Pro Computer in at least a year. The company rolled out new iPhones, iPads, AirPods and Mbooks at regular speeds, and I had at least one. But that was not the case.

I wanted a low cost multipurpose machine that I could trust for work and play for the next few years. But if at that time Apple started the price of the desired 499 for its Mac Mini computers, I would pay the full amount for the machine, which was more than two years old. Not exactly.

So I decided that what I really needed to do was learn how to do it right Created a PC.

Bought all the parts I needed, including storage drive, system memory and so on Graphics card. Next, I put them together in a fairly normal looking case. Then I forged Apple’s OS Cause software to power it.

The project cost about $ 800, many nights of squinting at computer code and frustrating bangs on my keyboard, but I finally got it done.


The Apple Mini 9699M1 powered Mac Mini is a surprisingly low-cost machine with fast chips.

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I can turn my DYY computer into a hackintosh.

It does not support Apple Pal, and may be in violation of the MacOS software software licensing terms. (Article Pale declined to comment for this article.) But the end result was that I had a desktop or Mac computer on my terms. I wrestled away from Apple Pal.

More than that, I felt like a winner. During the day, I proceed to work between my Mabook Air and Hackintosh, using all the specialized MacSoft software I have come up with to track my to-do lists, manage my credit lenders and find clever GIFs to use in passive banter. .

At night, I switched to Hackintosh on Microsoft .ft’s Windows, which powers more than 73% of the world’s computers. This is the only way to be well-regarded Virtual reality Valve’s scientific shooter Half-Life: Games like Alix, which gave CNET sister site GameSpot the name of the game for the year 2020.

And if some component, like a video card, just isn’t doing enough, I can upgrade the machine with little difficulty. Nerd paradise.

Sadly, all this changed this summer when .Pal CEO Tim Cook took to his company’s virtual, livestream stage and said I am forever changing. Their microprocessing brains, previously made by chipmaker Intel, were replaced with Apple Pal’s custom-designed M1 chips. Apple Play said it is doing this because the technology behind its iPhone and iPad is better for Mac computers because Apple has been using Paul since 2006 to power it.

“This intensity progresses only by making bold changes,” Cook said Sales of Apple’s first M1-powered devices continue in November.

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They were the first M1Muscus MBQbook Air, 13-inch MBQu Pro and Mini Mini Mini, and each of them received good reviews from reviewers. CNET reviewer Dan Ackerman says they perform much better than their predecessors, even better than the Intel-based Macs previously released in 2020.

Unfortunately for me and many other hackintoshers, you can’t buy Apple’s M1 chips on your own. Which means I can’t load them onto my computer, and I can’t fool myself into running Apple’s OS Cause software on it.

Apple Play said its transition from Intel would take about two years. Over the next few years, the company is expected to stop upgrading software for Intel-powered Max.

At that point, my hackintosh dream will officially end.

Its Pal is notorious for how much control it gives over its devices. You can’t download apps for iPhone or iPad unless you go to Apple’s App Store, where each program is reviewed by the company before being posted by download.

It is not surprising that Apple Pal will also take a firm grip on its computers. But I’m still sad to see hackinthos.

So I decided to make one last hurray. I can only collect the most fake Apple.

A hobby and workaholic


Hackers have been working on the OS Cause on PCs powered by Intel and Intel-inspired AMD chips for over a decade.


Hackintosh has become much easier to put together over the last few years. It’s mostly thanks to better hacking tools and active communities that love to help people. Also write step-by-step guides with a list of some of them, what parts you can buy, how to configure them, and what to do when they’re not working.

One of the posts I’ve come to trust is Mycola Grimleuk, a 20-year-old college student studying computer science (what else?) In Canada. He was introduced to Hakintoshing by his stepfather, who had one of his own. At one point, Grimalyuk was seen recovering from a medical episode with a lot of time on his hands.

“I was constantly on the hospital bed, I didn’t really walk much, I couldn’t really do much, and I felt kind of useless,” Grimaliuke said. “But the Hakintosh community gave me something to do.”

He noticed that there weren’t many up-to-date or compiled guides to help people create hackinthosis, so he decided to write a little of his own. Initially, he made a list of video cards that work best with Apple’s software. Then he wrote about how to tweak your computer’s bits to make everything work better. And most helpful to me, he initially created detailed guides to help you understand the applications and processes you need to set up a hackintosh.

“It went spiral from there,” he said.

Earlier this year, he turned his work into a website he co-founded with Dortania. It is named Flower so he hopes it means the website can easily shoot at the top link on Google (it happened). There are no ads on the site, and he doesn’t want any money. It encourages people to donate to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.


There are advantages to creating a custom PC, such as being able to customize memory and graphics. And it’s upgradable.

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Graemeluc enjoys keeping away from its hackintosh instruction manuals, knowing that Apple’s M1 chips mean it’ll be gone in five years or more. Until then, it expects all Mac and Mac apps to migrate to Apple’s chips. At that point, Apple will probably begin phasing out software updates for Intel Intel-based computers, as it will no longer sell them.

As a self-proclaimed fan of Apple Plus products, Grimalyuk said he recently helped people run old Mac software on new computers, and helped others run new Apple Plus software on older Mac computers.

His dream is to channel all this knowledge to write documentation for other technology products. He wants to help people understand what makes people mark their computers, whether they were made by Apple Pal or not.

“I want to teach, not just to get the end result,” he said. “I want people to maintain their machines. When you know what breaks, how it breaks and what to fix, you feel like ‘Wow, I can maintain this machine myself. No outside help is needed. “

My last hackintosh

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It may be significantly more ugly than it used to be, but it runs Apple’s software.

Ian Sher

I was inspired to create my latest hackintosh because the M1 Mac. I decided to build a machine with the latest microprocessing brain and double the storage Terabytes I use today. To make sure I’ll work with MacOS more easily, I’ve also chosen the same AMD graphics card as the latest Mac Pro computers. I wanted to make sure that this machine would meet my needs for at least the next few years.

If I get stuck, I am grateful that I will have a community of hackinthors who will help me fix the mistakes I make. Websites such as Grimalik’s Dortania, Reddits’ Hackintosh community, and Tonimax86 are still popular. There are also YouTube channels like Snezzy Labs, which often discuss hakintoshes. Some of these communities also saw an increase in interest when Apple Play released its first M1 computers in November – in part because people are curious about how hackinthors are preparing when MacOS will no longer work on Intel chips.

TonimaxX86 said, “There is still a worldwide community of active hackers. The person behind the username and the website prefers to remain anonymous to avoid overcrowding and detectors alike.

TonyMax86 says that after the Apple Paul completely cuts down on hackinthoshes, websites and guides will be turned into a tribute to the people who spent more than a decade building these Frankenstein-esque machines. They could also become support communities for people who catch up on their computer during the time they can get software updates from the computer.

I’ll probably hackintoshing through that point. I know that someday, I will not be able to keep the machine I am running just because of the machine running smoothly. When that time comes, I will either have to rely more on the laptop I have, or buy a new desktop from the moment.

Hopefully by then, Apple’s computers won’t be as old as they used to be when I started.