Hackintosh, Vol. 1

By: Ian Dilick
Posted: January 22, 2021

I have some pretty weird hobbies — one of them is running Apple's Mac OS on hardware that isn't made by Apple!

What's a hackintosh?

A computer not made by Apple but is running Apple's Mac OS is called a "hackintosh" (from "hack" and "Macintosh"), and the process of setting up such a computer is usually referred to as "hackintoshing." While it does technically violate the Mac OS EULA, it has a number of benefits and drawbacks:

Pros

Cons

Taking a glance at those pros and cons, you're probably thinking, who the hell in their right mind would do that? I would, but arguably it's just evidence that I'm not sane. Fair point.

So why do it?

I mentioned it at the start — it's a hobby! It's something I do solely because it forces me to learn a lot about the inner workings of Mac OS. I also do it because I've gone a bit too deep into the Apple ecosystem; I can't stand losing the ability to send texts from my desktop. My 2016 MacBook Pro is still serving me well, but it definitely shows its struggle when I have any more than 10 Chrome tabs open. Meanwhile, my desktop has 16 cores and 32GB of RAM, and it handles as many Chrome tabs as I can throw at it. It's less portable, sure, but in the age of WFH, portability is not a huge priority for me.

So what's the point?

Honestly, I don't know what my point is writing this.

I spent a good chunk of my day modifying my hackintosh setup, so it was on my mind.

I guess if anyone reading this is interested in hackintoshing, I'm happy to be a resource and help you however I can — feel free to reach out on Twitter or send me an email! Maybe I'll put together an intro guide some time. Who knows?