Hackintosh – running MacOS on non-Apple hardware, How it works?

If you are interested in computer building, you might have noticed a common thread and most of the how to guides out there on the internet, they almost all end up showing you how to configure Windows OS, after you are done setting up everything together.

But what if you have grown tired of Cortana, the Start menu or something else Windows lacks and hat frowny face blue screen of death and you want a diffrent kind of computing experience. Well, you could choose one of a number of free Linux distributions, like Ubuntu or Red hat.

But some people find themselves irresistible drawn to the interface of Mac OS, just not to the high price tag. Apple says tough luck to you buddy!! But fear not, a community has popped up around building “Hackintosh”. PC that runs Mac OS on non-apple hardware, but how does this process work?

Just throw Mac OS onto a USB Drive, boot from it and click install? Nope… first of all Apple only guarantees compatibility for Mac OS with a very limited number of Hardware configurations. Which comes with quite the high price tag.




Unlike Windows, which is supposed to work on any x86 or x86_64 based system provided meets the minimum requirements, so how in the world then are you supposed to know what will be compatible?

Well, though there is not really a good way to know, if the High end gaming Motherboard will work with MacOS outside of just trying it and seeing what happens. The Hackintosh community has actually compiled lists of components that users have had good luck with. On websites like OSx86 and DSDT.

All right then, so once you have built your system or verified that your existing one is compatible, the next step is to get a copy of MacOS. Typically, this means using an actual Mac to download the latest version, through the app store or buying an older version on optical media directly from Apple.

So, you got your grubby little hands on Mac OS, now you need to create a bootable USB drive using some special software, UniBeast is a popular one, simply click through the menus and indicate whether you will be installing Mac OS on a newer UEFI campable system or an older computer and your boot media will be ready.

But before you shove it into your PC, you will want to tweak your BIOS settings, this typically involves disabling features designed for Wintel machines, that Mac OS will not play nicely with, Such as VT-D, CFG-lock, secure boot, IO Serial port and even USB 3.0. Disabling those is necessary, if you are rocking with something older like a motherboard with an Intel 5 Series chipset.

Note: If you are wondering about Wintel machines than Wintel is just a generic term for PC with intel processor and Microsoft Windows OS.

Enable XHCI hand off and you are ready to install Mac OS from your USB Drive. But after you have done this, now you got to make your Mac OS target disk Bootable, as it doesn’t happen automatically, a popular option is to use a utility called MultiBeast, which will not only make your machine bootable, but will attempt to install aditional necessary software, like drivers.

Note however that you will probably still need to find Mac Drivers for your graphics card on your own and that’s it. Theoretically, by this point you are good to go, but hold on a minute. I have heard that Apple is extremely unhappy with people building Hackintoshes.

Will I get in trouble? Will Apple sue me? Will I do hard time in a white collar minimum security prison? So, here is the deal with that. Downloading Mac OS from the Apple store is “Free”, but the fine print stipulates that you may only install it on a bonafide Mac system.




So, that means that technically even though you downloaded it for free from Apple, it is software piracy, because you are in breach of the end user License Agreement. So, Apple indeed does strongly frown upon people building and using Hackintosh systems.

But with that said that chances of Apple coming a single user that just wants to use a Hackintosh at home are virtually nil and if they do find out somehow, the most they are likely to do is something like ban your machine from the App Store.

Though it should be noted, they did Sue a Company back in 2009 that was marketing and selling Hackintoshes. Which could actually be considered a crime under US federal law, so the takeaway then is that we are not telling you what you should do, we are not your legal advisers, but if you are going to dabble in Hackintoshing do it for personal use, but not to make a quick money.

And in any event you are far more likely to run into technical rather than legal issues, iMessage is infamously tough to run on a Hackintosh and you will probably find other things small or deal breaking that are not exactly on par with the Authentic Mac experience.

But there are plenty of resources online to help both newbies and veterans, so go check them out and just hope that Steve Jobs isn’t watching you from the beyond the grave.

So, what do you think about Hackintosh? Let me know in comments below.

Latest

Audio File Formats and Compressions Explained

If you are into music, it might seem like there are just way to many audio formats to choose from. Can’t we just use Mp3…..

Coolpad Cool 1 Dual Review and Specs: Dual is Cool

Coolpad and LeEco joined their forces to create the Coolpad Cool 1 Dual. This smartphone was announced soon after LeEco’s CEO Jia Yueting took place as…..

Oneplus 5: The best is yet to come!

We are just 40 hours away from the official announcement of Oneplus 5. But there is no point of announcement when the exclusive look of the…..

What is URL? How it Works?

If you have ever used the Internet, which you have probably done considering that you are reading this blog right now, you have almost certainly…..

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro Overview and Specs: Life is Now

Samsung has received tremendous response from the consumers with their Galaxy J series. As the tag line of the Galaxy J Series “Innovations for you”…..

Oppo R11 Plus Overview and Specs: Dual Rear Camera and Selfie Expert

Selfie Expert, this is the tag line for Oppo’s smartphones. Starting from the Oppo F1 to Oppo F3 plus, All those were Selfie Experts. This…..

Moto Z2 Play Review: Unlimited Possibilities

Since Lenovo bought Motorola, we are getting smartphones with uniqueness. Each and every one of their smartphone has it’s own unique feature. Or if you…..

Tesla Model S: Features and Overview

Today, I am going to tell you about all the features of Tesla Model S. So, What makes Tesla Model S such an advanced car……

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro Review: Best Low Budget phone?

Samsung has been focused on their Flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Samsung is being successful with those, but as you mention…..

Why Encryption is necessary? Why back-door is a bad idea?

Encryption has become a major debate recently. Recently, Apple wrote an open letter to the US government, explaining why forcing companies to insert a back-door…..

HTC U11 Full Review: Does HTC Worth It?

The HTC U11 is a smartphone full of contradictions. A stunning back plate made into a forgettable face, quick software blunted by extraneous gimmicks, slick…..

Samsung Dex: Using your Smartphone like a Desktop Computer

The Samsung Dex, the dock that turns your Samsung smartphone into a computer. Probably the coolest thing about Samsung Dex is that it exists at…..

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Specs and Overview: Bezel-less Design

Essential Ph1 is not just another anonymous startup, who promise to reinvent the smartphone. The man in the captain’s chair is Andy Rubin. He is…..

Hackintosh – running MacOS on non-Apple hardware, How it works?

If you are interested in computer building, you might have noticed a common thread and most of the how to guides out there on the…..

What is Application Programming Interface (API)? What it does?

API can be just as important as device driver, but if a driver is already there, then to serve as the link between your hardware and programs, then….

Gionee S10 Specs and Overview: Smartphone with Four Cameras

Two months ago, Gionee Released their selfie centred smartphone Gionee A1 #Selfiestan. Now, they are back with another surprise to the consumers with a Four…..

Xiaomi Redmi 4: Smartphone with Record Breaking Sales

Xiaomi Redmi 4, In online sale across their official website and Amazon, they sold over 250K+ units within mere 8 minutes. The rush for buying…..

HTC’s Flagship for 2017, HTC U11 Specs and Overview

After getting not so good response with HTC U Ultra, HTC has to make a great comeback. This is their chance. HTC U11 is HTC’s Flagship smartphone…..

Xiaomi’s Flagship for 2017, Xiaomi Mi 6 Specs and Overview

Xiaomi recently unveiled their Flagship smartphone Xiaomi Mi 6. Xiaomi highlighted their key new features at the event, features like Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6 GB of…..

Top 5 Announcements from Google I/O Keynote (Google I/O 2017)

Google I/O is basically a Developer Conference for people who use Google software and for all those developers of apps that run on those Google…..

  • Get more stuff like this
    in your inbox

    Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.