Hackintosh: Is it worth it?

Hello everybody, this is my first post on this blog. And just saying, it’s not gonna be updated frequently. It’s not a daily blog.

What does the term “Hackintosh” mean?

Hackintosh is simply the combination of the word “hack” and “mackintosh” which is what Apple called their computers before going with “Mac”.

Well that’s how they came up with the word, but what does it mean? Basically it’s installing OS X on an Intel (or AMD) computer that is not branded as an Apple product. And no, sticking an Apple sticker on the back of your case or notebook won’t make it an Apple product.

Is it Legal?

Let me get this straight, you are violating Apple’s EULA (end-user license agreement) by installing OS X on a non-Apple computer or a virtual machine (running in a non-Apple OS). Apple mentioned the following in its EULA:

The grants set forth in this License do not permit you to, and you agree not to, install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so.

…to install, use and run up to two (2) additional copies or instances of the Apple Software within virtual operating system environments on each Mac Computer you own or control that is already running the Apple Software.

Anyways, I’m pretty sure that the chance of them breaking into your house, taking away your computer then suing you is lower than 0.00000000001%, so it’s not really a problem.

Experience? Ease of use? Stability?

This is something you should know when hackintoshing. By choosing it over a real Mac, you’re basically throwing the Apple experience and its ease of use out of the window. Apple designed the Mac line to run OS X and vice versa, so the stability is based on the harmony of the software and hardware. For example: when Apple releases a new update for OS X, every person with a Mac computer (that is supported) can update without an issue. In my case, I have to re-install my patched AppleHDA.kext (kernel extension responsible of audio) to get my Audio back. Many other hackintoshers have the same problem or other ones.

As for the stability, if you’re going to Hackintosh you have to get familiar with the following screen. You’ll see it a lot.

Kernel Panic

This is known as a kernel panic. It usually occurs when OS X faces a fatal error that it cannot ignore and handle. This can happen for many reason. A wrong bootflag, a kext that’s unstable, an update that broke you installation or simply OS X acting up on you. If you’re not tinkering with your system files, you’ll rarely see it. Rarely isn’t never, don’t be surprised.

Price?

Mac Pro

This is where hackintoshes excel. For less than 450$ you can build a Mac mini equivalent. In addition to that, you’ll be able to customise it the way you want, is the VGA getting old? Swap it out. Same goes for other Mac models.

Conclusion

Finally, I would like to address that the Hackintosh has many pros and cons. the pros include price and customisability. The cons include lack of stability and legality. If you want to try OS X but can’t afford one, do it.

Although, I am aware of all these cons, I’m still going to try it. Reasons include the price, the customisability.

Oh and by the way, don’t use TonyMacX86’s software. Use something else like myHack or install it manually. For more info on why TonyMacX86 is bad, click here.