Report: Apple’s Mac OS X Intel kernel employs DRM to prevent OS from working unless authorized

“Several people have discovered that the new Intel kernel Apple has included with the Developer Kit DVD uses TCPA/TPM DRM. More specifically, it includes ‘a TCPA/Palladium implementation that uses a Infineon 1.1 chip which will prevent certain parts of the OS from working unless authorized,'” an anonymous reader writes at Slashdot.

Quite a discussion is taking place about this over on Slashdot here.

MacDailyNews Note: Back on June 14, 2005, we reported on a vunet article that explained, “Apple could use the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to ensure that only Mac computers can run its OS X operating system, according to a news analysis from Gartner.”

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple could use Trusted Platform Module chip to keep Mac OS X off non-Macs – June 14, 2005


  1. Wasn’t this expected? It doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t plan on using OS X on a generic box.

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  2. OS X only works on Apple Mac boxes now and this ensures the same will be true for the new intel machines. And that’s a problem how? Why would any self respecting mac user want to use a non-apple box anyway?

  3. There will be Windows bozos that will want to build a generic Mactel box and use pirated OS X on it. This should make it harder.

    All Apple needs is for 15% to 20% of Mac users to be like Windows users and steal the OS while not even buying their hardware.

    I guess this means OS X will never be big in Asia.

  4. The thing I care about is how easy it is to fix a Mac. If things just get too messed up for some reason, you can easily re-install the OS from any disk.

    I also like the ability to build systems onto small hard disks. When a client purchases new machines, we pull out the standard configuration and install it with carbon copy cloner or disk copy.

    If you have to start worrying about that stupid DRM crap, it won’t just make sure every copy of the system is paid for, it will add hours to maintenance procedures. This costs $$$. Consultants like me that install multiple systems in an hour now have to start keeping track of serial numbers, and the entire process is made slower.

    I hope Apple tries to make this as convenient as possible.

  5. I hope all this does is verify that the hardware is Apple-certified and that is all. I appreciate how Apple products work together and I can move my OS from one system to another. If I can only compile on one machine, but can’t then boot another Mac with that pre-compiled system I’ll be hurting.

    When you are fixing damaged systems you don’t always have the luxury of DVD drives and networking.

  6. And tough luck to those who buy and authorized copy of OS X… This can be used to verify unauthorized copies of OS X don’t get installed on machines other than the one for which it was purchased. Check out M$’s Vista authorization scheme for a glipse of the future.

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