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Apple’s M1 Macs are killing my Hackintosh


#Apple’s M1 chip is being hailed as a leap forward for #Macs. #But it’s death to my #Hackintosh.

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#One of my favorite nerd toys is about to turn into a relic, and it’s #Apple’s fault.

#Back in 2016, I was frustrated #Apple hadn’t updated its #Mac #Mini, iMac or #Mac #Pro computers in at least a year. The company was pumping out new iPhones, iPads, #AirPods and #MacBooks at a regular pace, and I had at least one of each. The desktop #Macs weren’t getting the same attention.

I wanted a low-cost multipurpose machine I could rely on for work and play for the next several years. #But if I plunked down the $499 starting price #Apple wanted for its #Mac #Mini computers at the time, I’d be paying the full amount for a machine whose innards were more than two years old. #Not OK.

#So I decided to do one of the nerdiest things a techie #Apple user can do: I built a PC.

I bought all the parts I needed, including a storage drive, system memory and a graphics card. #Next, I put them together in a rather generic-looking case. Then I tricked #Apple’s #MacOS software into powering it.

The project took about $800, many nights of squinting at computer code, and a couple of frustrated bangs on my keyboard, but eventually I’d done it.

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#Apple’s $699 M1-powered #Mac #Mini is a low-cost machine with surprisingly speedy chips.

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I’d turned my DIY computer into a #Hackintosh.

#It’s not something #Apple supports, and it may be a violation of the #MacOS software licensing terms. (#Apple declined to comment for this article.) #But the end result was that I had a desktop #Mac computer on my terms. I’d wrestled control away from #Apple.

#What’s more, I felt like a winner. #During the day, I’d move between my #MacBook #Air and #Hackintosh for work, using all the specialized #Mac software I’ve come to rely on to track my to-do lists, manage my calendars and find clever GIFs to use in idle banter.

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#At night, I switched the #Hackintosh over to #Microsoft’s #Windows, which powers more than 73% of the world’s computers. #That’s one of the only ways to play well-regarded virtual reality games like #Valve’s sci-fi shooter #Half-Life: #Alyx, which CNET sister site #GameSpot just named game of the year for 2020.

#And if some component, like the video card, just isn’t doing enough, I’m able to upgrade the machine with little hassle. #Nerd paradise.

#Sadly, that all changed this summer when #Apple CEO #Tim #Cook walked onto his company’s virtual, livestreamed stage and said #Macs were changing forever. Their microprocessing brains, formerly made by chipmaker #Intel, were being replaced with #Apple’s custom-designed M1 chips instead. #Apple said it was doing this because the technology behind its iPhones and iPads are better suited for #Mac computers than the #Intel processors #Apple’s been using to power #Macs since 2006.

“#Advancements of this magnitude only come from making bold changes,” #Cook said when announcing #Apple’s first M1-powered devices going on sale in #November.


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#Those first M1 #Macs were the #MacBook #Air, a 13-inch #MacBook #Pro and a #Mac #Mini, and each of them received good marks from reviewers. CNET reviewer #Dan #Ackerman says they perform much better than their predecessors, even besting #Intel-based #Macs released earlier 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 stuff them into my computer and fool #Apple’s #MacOS software into running on it.

#Apple said its transition away from #Intel will take about two years. A few years after that, the company is expected to stop upgrading software for #Intel-powered #Macs.

#At that point, my #Hackintosh dream will be officially over.

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

#It’s no surprise #Apple would put an even tighter grip on its computers too. #But I’m still sad to see #Hackintoshes go.

#So I decided to build one last hurrah. The shiniest fake #Apple I could muster.

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#Hackers have made #MacOS work on PCs powered by #Intel and #Intel-inspired AMD chips for over a decade.

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#It’s gotten much easier to put together a #Hackintosh over the last few years. #That’s mostly thanks to better hacking tools and active communities filled with people who love to help. #Some of them even write step-by-step guides with lists of what parts you can buy, how to configure them and what to do when they aren’t working.

#One of the people whose posts I’ve come to rely on is #Mykola #Grymalyuk, a 20-year-old college student studying computer science (what else?) in #Canada. #He’d gotten into #Hackintoshing through his stepfather, who had one of his own. #At one point, #Grymalyuk found himself recovering from a medical episode, with a lot of time on his hands.

“I was constantly in a hospital bed, I couldn’t really walk much, couldn’t really do much, and I felt kind of worthless,” #Grymalyuk said. “#But the #Hackintosh community gave me something to do.”

#He noticed there weren’t many up-to-date or comprehensive guides to help people build #Hackintoshes, so he decided to write some of his own. #At first, he created a list of video cards that worked best with #Apple’s software. Then he wrote about how to tweak bits of your computer to make everything work better. #And most helpful for me, he created detailed guides to help understand the apps and processes you need to follow to initially set up a #Hackintosh.

“#It just spiraled from there,” he said.

#Earlier this year, he corralled his work into a website he co-founded called #Dortania. #It’s named after a flower so obscure he hoped it would mean the website could easily shoot to the top link on #Google (#It did). The site doesn’t have any ads, and he doesn’t ask for any money. #He does encourage people to donate to #Crohn’s and #Colitis #Canada.

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#Building a custom PC has advantages, like being able to customize memory and graphics. #And it’s upgradable.

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#As much as #Grymalyuk enjoys plugging away at his #Hackintosh instruction guides, he knows #Apple’s M1 chips mean it’ll all end in five years or so. #By then, he expects all #Macs and #Mac apps will have transitioned to #Apple’s chips. #At that point, #Apple will likely begin phasing out software updates for #Intel-based computers, since it won’t be selling them anymore anyway.

#As a self-professed fan of #Apple products, #Grymalyuk said he’s recently gotten into helping people run older #Mac software on new computers, and helping others run new #Apple software on older #Mac computers.

#His dream is to channel all this knowledge into writing documentation for other tech products. #He wants to help people understand the minutia of what makes their computers tick, whether they were made by #Apple or not.

“I want to teach, not just get to 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 all by myself. I don’t need external help.'”

#My last #Hackintosh

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#It may be considerably uglier than a #Mac, but it runs #Apple’s software.

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I was inspired to build my latest #Hackintosh because of the M1 #Macs. I decided to create a machine with the latest microprocessing brains and more than twice as much storage as the 1 terabyte I use today. I also chose a similar AMD graphics card as the latest #Mac #Pro computers, to ensure it’ll work more easily with #MacOS. I wanted to make sure this machine will suit my needs for at least the next several years.

#If I get stuck, I’m grateful I’ll have the community of #Hackintoshers to help fix whatever bugs I run into. #Websites like #Grymalyuk’s #Dortania, #Reddit’s #Hackintosh community and tonymacx86 are still popular. #So are #YouTube channels like #Snazzy #Labs, which discuss #Hackintoshes every so often. #Some of these communities even saw spikes in interest when #Apple released its first M1 computers in #November — in part because people are curious about how #Hackintoshers are preparing for when #MacOS no longer works on #Intel chips.

“There is still a thriving worldwide community of active hackers,” said #Tonymacx86. The person behind the username and website prefers to stay anonymous to avoid overzealous fans and detractors alike.

#Tonymacx86 says that after #Apple fully cuts off #Hackintoshes, the websites and guides will likely be refashioned into tributes to the more than a decade that people have spent building these #Frankenstein-esque machines. They’ll also likely become support communities for people who hold onto their computers past the time they can get any software updates from #Apple.

I’ll probably be done #Hackintoshing by that point though. I know that some day, I won’t be able to keep the machine I just built running #MacOS smoothly. #When that time arrives, I’ll need to either rely more heavily on the #Mac laptops I have, or buy a new desktop from #Apple.

#Hopefully by then, #Apple’s computers won’t be as disappointingly outdated as they were when I started.



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