Archive for the ‘OS X’ Category

First off, what is a Hackintosh? Well a Hackintosh is a normal PC but with a modded or hacked version of Mac OS X  installed on it. Normally, you can’t install OS X on any PC (excluding Macs) without some sort of hacked boot-loader or kernel mods. A Hackintosh doesn’t have Apple’s hardware or components and is build inexpensively. It’s a cheap method of running OS X without buying a Mac.

I am not a fan of Hackintosh nor never built a Hackintosh before. It’s not because I don’t know how to do it but because I have respect for Apple’s EULA for OS X and in my opinion, it wouldn’t be very stable and it would support any drivers.

The most unwanted thing that could happen, is that Apple will sue you for not following and agreeing to the EULA but this could only happen if you sell OS X illegally. This happened when Psystar actually sold computers pre-designed to accept OS X as the main operating system. Apple’s won sued Psystar because of the EULA. Apple won and Psystar was permanent barred from selling the computers.

What if a normal person wants to try out OS X and installs it onto his computer. Let’s get this all into view. Basically you don’t own a copy of OS X, even if you bought it on a USB thumb drive, legally obtained from the Apple App Store (OS X Lion) or bought the DVD (Snow Leopard and previous editions). You still do not own OS X. It’s like Apple is renting you the software for life when your pay the license fee. When you purchase a Mac, you are also purchasing the licence for the operating system for that specific computer.

If you would like to read the OS X Lion EULA click this link:

http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx107.pdf

Here an excert from the EULA that states the licencing matter.

The Apple software (including Boot ROM code), any third party software, documentation, interfaces, content, fonts and any data accompanying this License whether preinstalled on Apple-branded hardware, on disk, in read only memory, on any other media or in any other form (collectively the “Apple Software”) are licensed, not sold, to you by Apple Inc. (“Apple”) for use only under the terms of this License. Apple and/or Apple’s licensors retain ownership of the Apple Software itself and reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

Basically it is illegal to make and build a Hackintosh from the privacy of your own home. OS X sends usage statistics to Apple and Apple may or may not, catch you on a Hackintosh. Apple may or may not sue you but the chances are really slim to not get caught. Again I’m not saying that you should make a Hackintosh, just get a Mac already if you want to try out OS X. There nothing to lose. OS X is a really good operating system, just like Windows. You just cannot really compare them both. If Apple were to sue you, you will never win, because they have the EULA and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to back them up. Some might way that Apple is wrong but it’s Apple, they do what they want to do.

Take Microsoft and Windows for example, they don’t make the hardware and computers to run Windows. They only licence the software for it to run on a PC.

Always remember that you don’t own a copy of OS X even if you buy it or if it came with your computer. Running OS X on a PC is a violation, it is legally made to run on Macs and it need to run on Macs. OS X is only intended to run on Apple hardware and platforms. Again the chances of being caught are really, really slim.

Yes, Apple has finally announced the next version to the Mac OS X line up. The next update is called Mac OS X Mountain Lion. There motto for this Mountain Lion is: “Inspired by iPad. Re-imagined for Mac. It’s not going to be a major update but some added features like:

  • iCloud – better integration with iCloud and you just need to sign in with your Apple ID and your Mac is all synced up
  • Messages – send messages to iOS users for free
  • Reminders – app that you set reminders in
  • Notes – better and synced notes app
  • Notifications Center – see all your Mac’s notifications in one place fast and easy
  • Share Sheets – share, add to your reading list, email web-pages and photos from just one click of a button
  • Twitter – better Twitter integration almost like iOS 5 integrated Twitter
  • Game Center – brings Game Center from iOS to Mac
  • AirPlay Mirroring – mirror your Mac’s screen fast and easily with your Apple TV
  • Gatekeeper – it helps you protect your Mac from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software, filters malware and makes your Mac even safer
  • New features for China – add support for China services like email and a Chinese search provider also better typing

In my opinion, Apple wants to make Mac OS X a better and easier experience. It looks like Mountain Lion will be close to iOS, with the Notification Center, Game Center and all of the other features. With Mac OS X Lion (current edition) they put in a feature called Launchpad, which is just like the iOS devices home-screen, with icons of apps and folders created by the user. I’m not comparing Windows against Mac OS X, but just looking at Windows, their sort of trying to understand the fact of user friendliness and better experience with the new Metro UI. I don’t know if Metro would be a success for desktops with a mouse but its surly going to be a competition in the tablet market, since Metro was imagined for touch-screens and interfaces overall. There trying to make Mac OS X mostly more user friendly also with lesser frustrations.

If you are in the Mac Developer Program, you can most certainly try out the Developer Preview of Mountain Lion. The only feature that anyone can try out right now is Messages. You can install Messages on any Mac running Lion. Messages is currently in the beta stage. I hope that Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be a great successor to the Mac OS X line up.

Apple stated on their website that Mac OS X Mountain Lion will be available for upgrade officially in the summer of 2012. To see Apple’s Sneak Peak of Mountain Lion, click the link to be redirected to Apple’s website.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/mountain-lion/