Apple’s M1 Mac killing my Hackintosh

Apple’s M1 chip is being designed as a leap forward for Macs. But this is death for my Hackintosh.


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

Back in 2016, I was disappointed that Apple had not updated it Mac mini, iMac or Mac pro Computer in at least one year. The company was pumping out new iPhones, iPads, AirPods and MacBooks at regular speeds, and I had at least one. Desktop Macs were not getting the same attention.

I wanted a low-cost multipurpose machine that I could rely on for work and games for the next several years. But if I had dropped the initial price of $ 499, then what Apple wanted for its Mac Mini computers at the time, I was paying the full amount for a machine that was more than two years old. not right.

So I can decide one of the nerdiest things a technical Apple user can do: I Made a pc.

I bought all the necessary parts including storage drive, system memory and A graphics card. Next, I put them together in a normal-looking case. Then I tricked Apple into giving MacOS software power.

The project took about $ 800, spent several nights in computer code, and a few bangs on my keyboard, but I finally did.


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

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I turned my DIY computer into a hackintosh.

This is not something Apple supports, and it may be a violation of 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 will remove control from Apple.

What’s more, I felt like a winner. During the day, I would move between my MacBook Air and Hackintosh for work, using all the special Mac software I have come to rely on to track my to-do lists, to manage my calendar And to find clever GIFs to use in passive restriction. .

At night, I switched to Hackintosh on Microsoft’s Windows, which had more than 73% of the world’s computers. This is one of the only ways to play well virtual reality Wolves sci-fi shooter Half-Life: Alix, which the CNET sister site GameSpot has named Game of the Year for 2020.

And if some component, like a video card, is simply not enough, then I am able to upgrade the machine with little trouble. Stupid heaven.

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

Cook said that progress of this magnitude only comes from making bold changes Apple’s first M1-powered devices announced on sale in November.

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Those first M1 Macs had a MacBook Air, a 13-inch MacBook Pro, and a Mac Mini, and each of them garnered good scores from critics. CNET reviewer Dan Ackerman says they perform much better than their predecessors, even with the Intel-based Mac first released in 2020.

Unfortunately for me and many other Hackintoshers, you cannot buy Apple’s M1 chips on your own. Which means I can’t fill them in my computer and fool Apple’s MacOS software into running on it.

Apple said it would take about two years for its transition from Intel to disappear. A few years after this, the company hopes to stop upgrading software for Intel-powered Macs.

At that point, my Hackintosh dream would officially end.

Apple is notorious for how much control it has over its devices. You cannot download the app for the iPhone or iPad until you go through Apple’s App Store, where each program is reviewed by the company before it is posted for download.

It is no surprise that Apple will keep a tight grip on their computers as well. But I am still sad to see Hackintosh going.

So I decided to make one last storm. The most fake fake Apple I can gather.

A hobby and a job

Intel chip

For over a decade, hackers have worked on MacOS on PCs powered by Intel and Intel-inspired AMD chips.


In the last few years it has become very easy to put together the Hackintosh. This is mostly thanks to better hacking tools and active communities that are filled with people who like to help. Some of them even write step-by-step guides about what parts you can buy, how to configure them and what to do when they are not working.

One of the people whose positions I’m trusting is Mykola Grimlyuk, a 20-year-old college student studying computer science (what else?) In Canada. He immigrated to Hackintosh through his stepfather, who had one of his own. At one point, Grimlyuk 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, really couldn’t do much, and I felt like worthless,” Grymalyuk said. “But the Hackintosh community gave me something to do.”

He noticed that there were not many up-to-date or comprehensive guides to help people make Hackintosh, so he decided to write something of his own. First, he made a list of video cards that worked best with Apple’s software. Then he wrote how to tweak bits of your computer to make everything better. And most useful to me, he created detailed guides to help you understand the apps and processes that you need a Hackintosh to follow initially.

“It just spiraled from there,” he said.

Earlier this year, he turned his work into a website he co-founded called Dortenia. It is named after a flower, so that he hopes it will mean that the website can easily shoot the top link on Google (it did). The site has no advertising, and does not ask for any money. He encourages people in Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to donate.

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There are advantages to building a custom PC, such as customizing memory and graphics. And it is upgradeable.

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Grymalyuk enjoys going far on his Hackintosh instruction guide, he knows that Apple’s M1 chips mean it will run out in five years. By then, he expects all Mac and Mac apps to have replaced Apple’s chips. At that time, Apple will likely begin phasing out software updates for Intel-based computers, as it won’t sell them anymore.

As a self-proclaimed fan of Apple products, Grymalyuk said that he has recently been helping people run old Mac software on new computers, and others running new Apple software on older Mac computers is.

His dream is to put all this knowledge into writing documentation for other technology products. He wants to help people understand what happens to their computer, whether it is built by Apple or not.

“I want to teach, not just for the end result.” “I want people to keep their machines. When you know what breaks, how to break and what to fix, you feel like, ‘Wow, I can keep this machine all to myself. I don’t need outside help. “

My last hackintosh


It can be quite ugly compared to a Mac, but it runs Apple’s software.

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I was inspired to create my latest Hackintosh due to the M1 Mac. I decided to build a machine with the latest microprocessing brains and more than twice as much storage as 1 Terabytes I use today. I also chose a similar AMD graphics card as the latest Mac Pro computer, to ensure that it would work more easily with MacOS. I wanted to make sure that this machine suited my needs for at least the next several years.

If I get stuck, I am thankful that I will have a community of hackintores, which will help me fix whatever bugs I run. Websites like Grymalyuk’s Dortania, Reddit’s Hackintosh community and tonymacx86 are still popular. So are YouTube channels such as Snazzy Labs, which discuss Hackintoshes every time. Some of these communities also showed interest when Apple released its first M1 computer in November – as people were curious about how Hackintoshers are preparing when MacOS no longer works on Intel chips.

“There is still a thriving community of hackers operating around the world,” said TEMNEX86. The username and the person behind the website prefer to remain anonymous to avoid alienating more and more fans and opponents.

Tonymacx86 states that after Apple has completely hacked Hackintoshes, the websites and guides will likely be turned into tributes in the more than a decade that people have spent building these Frankenstein-esque machines. They will also potentially become a support community for those who can catch the past of receiving any software updates from Apple on their computers.

I would probably be Hackintoshing from that point on. I know that someday, I will not be able to keep the machine that I just made MacOS run smoothly. When that time comes, I’ll either need to rely too much on a Mac laptop, or buy a new desktop from Apple.

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

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