RUMOR: Apple to quash unauthorized netbook use by disabling Atom support in Mac OS X 10.6.2

“Mac OS X 10.6.2, the forthcoming update for Apple’s Snow Leopard operating system, is reported to disable support for the Intel Atom processor, preventing unauthorized PC netbooks from running the operating system,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Users at OS X Daily claim that Mac OS X 10.6.2 prevents Snow Leopard from running on systems with Atom processors. No official Apple products use the low-cost, low-power chip from Intel. For now, users on unauthorized Atom machines are recommended to stay with Mac OS X 10.6.1,” Oliver reports.

“‘You can’t help but suspect this move is Apple’s attempt at shutting down the growing and popular Hackintosh Netbook community, since Apple has no product line that runs the Atom itself,’ the report said,” Oliver reports.

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  1. Billy Bob, OS X is sold separately as an upgrade. Ti be used on On Apple branded hardware only. That’s why it’s si cheap compared to Windows 7ista ultimate. You can’t have your cake and eat it pal.

  2. Billy Bob Gaits: What a shitty attitude. Apple won’t make a computer in that form factor and offers us an overpriced, underpowered, overheating poor excuse for a netbook called the Air.

    You’re quite mistaken there. The Air with its Core 2 Duo is far faster than the crippled netbooks with their weak Atom CPUs.

  3. This crap reminds me of the kit car from the 1980’s that mounted a fake Ferrari 308 body on a Pontiac Fiero. Very tacky and very low class.

    And now the sore loser attitude when the licensing agreement is broken, then bitching about it, AND then blaming Apple for cutting off someone else’s dishonest activity. What gall.

  4. If the incompetent competition thinks that the way to level the innovation and IP playing fields is to try and pry Apple and it’s the Mac OS apart and force it to license or otherwise, let them all take advantage of it, they are all in for a rude awakening.

    Incompetence and lack of innovating technological prowess is their hallmark, and wanting access to Apple’s platforms and access to it’s IP is proof of this incompetence.

    Michael Dell, Balmer, Pystar and all other imitating, intimidating and stagnating monkeys: Your mother’s can all be real proud of your lackluster achievements. Take a tip from Apple : Think Different…

  5. This will only egg hackers on to challenge Apple even more. At least these netbook users are running OS X and not XP and all of the people I know running it have purchase a retail OS X copy. Apple is not going to make any profit margin at offering Mac laptops for under $300 anyway (even Dell has stated publicly they hate netbooks, low profits). An Atom powered netbook is no challenge to Apple as there is no comparison on performance to Apple’s C2D and above processor offerings. Apple sells computers to the high end of the market. They will never sell a cheap netbook for under $300.

    Is not Apple enjoying the best sales quarters of it’s company history? Why waste time on this? Are netbooks really a factor here? How about offering an ads only based OS X for netbooks with Atom processors? Unlock for $100 or something? Make this into a business opportunity for the low end market Apple will never sell hardware to?

  6. While hacking a netbook, I’ve discovered that there are a lot of “would be” Mac buyers that are completely enamored of OS X. Once they start using it, they use it more and more. I think this will lead many to upgrade to a real Mac.

    My netbook is the first PC I’ve ever bought. I own seven Macs and have used Macs exclusively since 1991. Apple needs a mobile, introductory Mac equivalent to a Macmini. $999 for the Macbook is too pricey. How about a $599 or $799 offering for the
    uninitiated Mac user?

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