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This Tablet Was Built for Making a Hackintosh

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 66 comments

Better than an iPad?

The tablet from Apple runs iOS, not Mac OS X. Before the iPad's debut on stage earlier this year, however, many speculated that the tablet would be running Mac OS X as a competitor against Windows-based tablet-PCs.

The iPad does not have the functionality or features of the true-multitasking Mac OS X, and for fans of the desktop or even laptop experience, the official tablet may not be enough.

Enter Axon with its upcoming Haptic tablet. It's essentially a touch screen tablet with hardware very similar to netbooks that were friendly to hacked installs of Mac OS X – or Hackintoshes.

The hardware consists of:

  • Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz)
  • 10.1-inch LED-backlit resistive touchscreen (1024x600) with stylus
  • 2GB RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 3G CDMA-VErizon SIM slot
  • Built-in speaker
  • Three USB ports
  • Mic, Ethernet, VGA ports
  • Memory card reader
  • Bluetooth
  • Removable battery

According to CrunchGear, Axon went with a resistive touch screen due to Mac OS X not working as well with capacitive touch – and we're sure that cost is a factor too for this $750 device.

To be clear, Axon advertises that its Haptic tablet will run Windows, Linux and Darwin operating systems. That very Darwin, of course, refers to Mac OS X.

Axon writes on its very Apple-looking website:

"We give you the choice of easily choosing which OS you want to boot up to. Whether you want Linux one day, or Windows the next, Of course, we suspect that you'll be using Darwin the most. We've installed Darwin (kernel and system specific kexts) on a hidden EFI partition. That means you can effortlessly install your favorite Darwin OS, such as Pure Darwin. Just plug in the DVD drive (or Flash Drive), Install, then reboot. You are now working with one of the most secure and stable operating systems in the world. That EFI partition also means painless updates. Apple Inc.'s Snow Leopard is a Darwin OS, however the EULA specifically prohibits installation on a 'non-Apple-branded' computers."

For those who have always dreamed of having a Mac OS X-powered tablet, keep your eye on this one. We don't doubt that Apple is doing the same.

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    apache_lives , August 16, 2010 12:21 PM
    Meh keep your crapintosh atleast i can use windows and admit it has issues but it works.
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    kawininjazx , August 16, 2010 1:09 PM
    I think a SSD is a must in a tablet, people like to abuse smaller computers and that drive spinning while someone whips it around spells HDD failure.
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  • 18 Hide
    apache_lives , August 16, 2010 12:21 PM
    Meh keep your crapintosh atleast i can use windows and admit it has issues but it works.
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    gtvr , August 16, 2010 12:44 PM
    Is this a "clone" that Apple would have grounds to sue, or just a device that's easy to hack os-x onto?
  • 5 Hide
    hoof_hearted , August 16, 2010 1:06 PM
    how can it be a "clone" if Apple hasn't even made an Mac tablet yet?
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    Computerrock1 , August 16, 2010 1:09 PM
    Whether or not it can use mac os, I would use simply for its hardware specs, that thing is leaps and bounds more powerful than any current tablet...
  • 16 Hide
    kawininjazx , August 16, 2010 1:09 PM
    I think a SSD is a must in a tablet, people like to abuse smaller computers and that drive spinning while someone whips it around spells HDD failure.
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    trkorecky , August 16, 2010 1:10 PM
    Approximate battery life?
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    JasonAkkerman , August 16, 2010 1:18 PM
    No graphics accelerator? No thanks.
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    hoofhearted , August 16, 2010 1:30 PM
    You know what would be great?

    If Microsoft or Google made it to where you can install their phone OS "over" the iPhone. I mean, that was the difference between Microsoft and Apple back in the day. Apple took the path of owning and marketing the hardware and Microsoft took the path of owning and marketing just the OS, but you could put it on hardware of your choosing.

    Make it like the jailbreakme.com website, you just go to the OS website, pay for the OS, then is just does a live install over your iPhone OS.
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    irh_1974 , August 16, 2010 1:47 PM
    Tablet for watching torrented TV shows
    Tried it on a smartphone and even 4" is pathetically rubbish
    I have a 10" digital photo frame that can play AVI's to test viewing and it seems to hit the sweetspot for me with viewing size, maybe an inch smaller I could get away with, same applies when viewing photos - being able to print is an absolute must.
  • 3 Hide
    lamorpa , August 16, 2010 1:47 PM
    In Appleland everything is a clone, wannabe, or attempt-at-killer of a present or future Apple product...
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    mj4358 , August 16, 2010 2:27 PM
    This is truely waste of resources! All this effort to hack OSX...whats the point?
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    irh_1974 , August 16, 2010 2:33 PM
    mj4358This is truely waste of resources! All this effort to hack OSX...whats the point?

    Because despite being a Windows user, I appreciate that some people prefer to use OSX but dont want to pay 2x the cost of comparable hardware
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    tu_illegalamigo , August 16, 2010 2:41 PM
    The only thing I like that Apple uses is EFI. I`m sick of bios.
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    blueeyesm2k4 , August 16, 2010 2:44 PM
    Axom(singing):
    We built this tablet, we built this tablet for makin a Hack-intosh!
    Built this tablet, we built this tablet for makin a Hack-intosh!

    Say you don't know me
    well recognize my faceplate.
    Say you don't care who Googles that kind of site.
    Knee deep in the hoop-la
    sinking in your fight.
    Too many clones eating up the night.

    Jobs plays the Dylan
    listen to the 'Net radio.
    Don't you remember?
    We built this tablet
    we built this tablet for makin' a Hack-intosh!
    We built this tablet
    we built this tablet for makin' a Hack-intosh!
    Built this tablet
    we built this tablet for makin' a Hack-intosh!.
    Someone's always playing corporation games.
    Who cares they're always changing corporation names.

    We just want to dance here but Balmer stole the stage.
    They call us irresponsible
    write us off the page.
    Jobs plays the Dylan
    listen to the 'Net radio. . . .

    It's just another Sunday in a tired old street.
    The police have the choke hold
    and we just lost the beat.
    Who counts the money underneath the Genius bar?
    Who rides the wrecking ball into our guitar Heroes?
    Don't tell us you need us
    'cause we're the ship of fools

    Looking for America
    crawling through your Tubes.

    Don't you remeber?

    Jobs plays the Dylan
    listen to the 'Net radio.
    Don't you remember?
    We built this tablet
    we built this tablet for makin' a Hack-intosh!
    We built this tablet
    we built this tablet for makin' a Hack-intosh!
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    Anonymous , August 16, 2010 3:10 PM
    Wow, the tablet all the iPad haters were SURE the market really wanted. I'm sure they'll all be running out to buy one now, amirite?
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    visa , August 16, 2010 3:43 PM
    Nice specs and I've definitely been looking to get a netbook or something to put OSX on but $750 is pretty expensive for a tablet. Think I'd spend the extra to get this over the iPad but I think it'd be more of a novelty for me..
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    Tomtompiper , August 16, 2010 3:47 PM
    Sorry no HDMI no sale. What were they thinking?
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    irh_1974 , August 16, 2010 3:54 PM
    visaNice specs and I've definitely been looking to get a netbook or something to put OSX on but $750 is pretty expensive for a tablet. Think I'd spend the extra to get this over the iPad but I think it'd be more of a novelty for me..

    Why dont you just wait for a nice cheap Windows 7 tablet to come out, they you can tear it to bits and have dual boot - actually no! Quad-boot! With Windows, Android, Linux and OSX.
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    number13 , August 16, 2010 4:01 PM
    Apple "invented" it, some time ago wasn't there a politition that said he "invented" the net too
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    mj4358 , August 16, 2010 4:11 PM
    irh_1974Because despite being a Windows user, I appreciate that some people prefer to use OSX but dont want to pay 2x the cost of comparable hardware[/citation

    But your only getting half the experience with all the problems of half bakes hardware!
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