What About The Apple Tax?
The strength and weakness has always been Apple’s closed-platform design. While the limited number of options makes it easier for developers to work on software and for Apple to maintain technical support for a specific set of hardware, it prevents enthusiasts from putting OS X on their own PCs and getting the “right” combination of features.
The comparison between a “Hackintosh” running an illegal version of OS X on a conventional Intel based PC and an equivalently-priced Mac has always shown Apple to be more expensive, but comparisons across different hardware platforms tell us very little.
Apple has aggressively gone after companies trying to profit off installing OS X on 3rd party hardware but seems to be ignoring the Hackintosh community. The same Apple that once sent cease-and-desist notices to Web sites reporting Mac rumors seems content to let big media companies such as Conde Nast (Wired) publish articles on building a Hackintosh.
What we were curious to see is if we could do “Hacked Mac on a Mac.” That is, what if we took a real MacBook and then installed a hacked OS X on top of it, using the usual tricks people have been trying? Would hacked kernels offer superior performance to Apple’s vanilla kernel? Would all of the patches add additional overhead, slowing the PC down? We’re pretty sure we’re not violating any Apple EULAs since we’re still installing the software on an Apple-branded system…
Since the new MacBooks use the GeForce 9400M chipset, traditional copies of Mac OS X will not work. That is, we were unable to test the use of a “hacked kernels.” We had to use our restore DVD to execute the hack. We emulated the EFI, SMBIOS, Apple Decryption Libraries, and disabled the Power Management. Ironically, while reinstalling OS X onto our SSD and transferring all of our old settings took minimal amounts of time, it was far tougher to get “Hacked Mac on a Mac” running properly.
I believe this is an advertisement. Whether the author knows that or not is debatable, but certainly the big whigs at Tom's HARDWARE know it.
Apple seems to have a very good stealth advertising campaign. To expand their market they have developed a very good stealth campaign. They advertise on Rush and Fox both, but stealthily. They have to. Their very tolerant hippie base wouldn't tolerate otherwise.
BTW this is Tom's HARDWARE. I build my own PC. If I want to read fan boy praises of Apple there are a million other sites I can go to and read that. Why am I reading it here? When I can build my own McIntosh I'll appreciate fan boy articles like this.
I extremely liked the part on 'MAC users are smarter' though. I one fell swoop you boost your ego, try to insult me, and put the amount of trustworthy information in this article on the same level as a london tabloid.
OMG, you are right. I havent realized about this fact until i read your comment. Mac OS X accounts for less than 10% of users and yet 90% of the news these days are about Apple.
I admit Apple has created so much technical advancements over the years, but they cant even display things right:
hmm.. so, let's all read about Windows 7 then.. i read it's working :)
A college education is only as useful as the person who obtains it.
I work with several college educated people who don't appear to have enough intelligence or knowledge to be considered high school educated.
Security wise, the computers operating system is only as secure as the person who uses it.
My home machine had been uninfected for nearly 3 years, no crashes nothing. As soon as my sister starts using my machine on myspace BAM! Reformat city. :)
Anyway, I would like to see a video review of the Mac OSX done by THG.
There is just not enough information in this article or the one from Tuan Nguyen about the OS.
If not I will have to hack one on to my machine, if it is even possible with an AMD CPU. I am not going to shell out an ass load of money for something that I may not even want.
Hey apple there is an idea! You want more users to switch to your OS? Release some sort of PC capable demo OS for users to try.
I dont think Apple cares as much as how many people are using their OS. Otherwise they wouldnt even care creating BootCamp software to run windows on Mac machines.
The only major concern from Apple is how many people buying their hardware. Apple has been a hardware company and always has been. Little that they know that they could be a great software company.... wait...
Nahh, they dont care about that either since they are moving pass that to a service oriented company. Does iTunes, MobileMe, Apps Store ring any bells, anyone?
Hence the usage of the word "demo". Why would someone buy an apple computer if they didn't like their operating system?
Release a demo on the PC to convince users to by their machine.
That aside you mention the reason for switching to the Mac is that you'll be able to run Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office on it. Yet here at the software part, of your article, you fail to mention how that part of the switch went.
It's no secret that there have been compatibility issues between PC and Mac versions of the same programs in the past, have you had any?
How does it feel to work with the usual programs in their new enviroment?
Do you still instinctively right click to get the right click menu, or do you use Ctrl + left key?
A couple of benchmarks on those programs wouldn't be bad either.
Thanks for the articles, hope to see one on the needed programs as well ;)