Apple locks out pirates with latest Mac OS X for Intel build

Apple has seeded Mac OS X for Intel build 8B1027 to Apple Developer Platform owners. This build includes new tactics to prevent piracy of Mac OS X for Intel.

“First and foremost, software built with 8B1027 will not run on previous Intel builds. Meaning, software built with 10.4.2 on Intel will not run on the current pirated copies. It is likely Apple will continue this procedure until the final candidate stage of Mac OS X for Intel,” Christopher Price reports for Twin Mac. “In addition, future updates for Xcode for PowerPC Macs will likely prevent running software on older pre-release Intel builds.”

Full article here.

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  1. time for a “0Told’ya”

    Apple makes todays’ Macs impossible to be used with Mac OS 9. And since it owns the hardware too it will make so to be impossible to run OS X on anything but Apple hardware. The CPU is just a tiny little part of a computer…

  2. Watching hax0rz squirm is funny. They’ll get around it just to prove they can. That’s fine. It’s great to see Apple react this quickly tho, honestly. As long as more people see the light in the long run…

  3. Hax0rz can be so l33t by getting OS X to run on non-Apple hardware but they can’t write a virus for OS X? So much for the security through obscurity myth.

    MW: sun. Wasn’t that a computer company? :o)

  4. Apple needs to tie a operation or two of the operating system with a piece of hardware. They control the source of the hardware, they control who gets to run Mac OS X. Like a small PPC G4 chip to run Mac OS X for instance.

    Trying to tie the OS to run on generic x86 chips is going to be a wasted effort.

    Apple hires good programmers, but they don’t own all of them.

  5. I have a feeling that Apple is playing games with the hackers yo see how they are approaching their efforts. It’s going to be interesting, but in the end I think Apple will make it difficult to crack the final version of OS X that ships and will very tightly control their approach, especially on the hardware side.

  6. What I found more interesting was the final – and only – quote MDN didn’t reproduce:
    “Apple is expected to deploy much stronger TPM checks to final candidate builds, if not already implemented, in order to ensure the release versions of Universal Binary software will not run on non-authentic systems.”

    This all seems to be related to OSX piracy until “stronger TPM” and disabled “Universal Binary software” are put in the same sentance.

    In other words, look for this hardware DRM lockdown to encompass more than securing against OSX theft. This has everything to do with preventing audio and video content manipulation/reproduction/theft/etc … We won’t be allowed to do anything that Apple (and the corporations who are the content providers) doesn’t want you to, with stuff you already paid for and own.

    THAT’S the “bumpy ride” we should all get ready for.

  7. I really don’t think Apple should antagonize hackers this much. They are ultimately a negligible chunk in terms of numbers of units stolen, but are a trend-setting group, so you want them to be impressed with Apple technology. They are the reason Linux is taken so seriously, for example.

    Ultimately, I think the more copies of Mac OS X running the better.

  8. The hackers will eventually fail. One of the primary reasons Apple moved to Intel was that they would get the bulletproof DRM hardware that Intel can’t get any of the PC manufacturers to agree to use. And Intel finally gets a customer who wants a locked down PC.

    The theory that the hackers are somehow smarter than the people building the software and hardware itself is just plain stupid. I have yet to meet a hacker who knows anything most programmers don’t. The fact that the ‘hacked’ build of OSX still won’t run on 99% of the PC hardware out there speaks volumes about the relative skill of the quality of the hacker community.

    Viruses exist for Windows because Windows has design flaws that have never been fixed. It has relatively little to do with the skill of the virus authors, and this is just an extension of that proof.

    Good luck, morons.

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