November 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm
Reports are surfacing that Apple is planning to strike back at the Hackintosh netbook community, by disabling support of Intel Atom processors with the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 update.
Personally, I’m surprised it has taken the company this long to take action, especially for a company that guards its IP so vociferously. There is a large number of users that use their beloved netbooks with Mac OS X as a genuine alternative to Windows & Linux distros.
The company has nothing to lose as it doesn’t manufacture any products using the Atom chip. If true, it would also highlight that the company has no such products on their roadmap. Does this mean the rumoured Apple tablet will not be powered by Intel’s low-power Atom line after all? It could mean that Apple will be designing its own ARM-based processor following the $278 million buyout of fabless chip designer P.A. Semi.
For those of you currently with Hackintosh netbooks, we’d suggest sticking with Mac OS X 10.6.1 until we have confirmation. The forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.2 will update nearly 150 components of the operating system and address issues with the Dock, ColorSync, QuartzCore and graphic driver components.