You can probably kiss your Hackintosh goodbye

“Apple plans to move to Apple-built CPUs for its computers, ending the use of Intel CPUs in Apple hardware,” Alex Cranz writes for Gizmodo. “The reported initiative to use Apple CPUs in all Apple computers by 2020 is, according to Bloomberg, known as Kalamata internally at the company.”

“This would only extend an already rough year for Intel, which started things off in January with the news that its CPUs, going back over the last decade, are subject to significant security flaws, before being trounced, critically by its once and former rival in the CPU space, AMD,” Cranz writes. “Intel has also struggled to roll out new CPUs in a timely annual fashion.”

“What would a major CPU change such as this mean for Apple users?” Cranz writes. “First off, you can probably kiss your Hackintosh goodbye.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Smooch!

As long as Apple focuses on Mac hardware – somewhat questionable in recent years, but better today than it was a year ago – the end of the hackintosh would be perfectly copacetic with macOS’ terms of use.

Apple’s ‘Kalamata’ project will move Macs from Intel to Apple A-series processors – April 2, 2018
Apple plans on dumping Intel for its own chips in Macs as early as 2020 – April 2, 2018
Apple is working to unite iOS and macOS; will they standardize their chip platform next? – December 21, 2017
Why Apple would want to unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018 – December 20, 2017
Apple to provide tool for developers build cross-platform apps that run on iOS and macOS in 2018 – December 20, 2017
The once and future OS for Apple – December 8, 2017
Apple ships more microprocessors than Intel – October 2, 2017
Apple embarrasses Intel – June 14, 2017
Apple developing new chip for Macintosh in test of Intel independence – February 1, 2017
Apple’s A10 Fusion chip ‘blows away the competition,’ could easily power MacBook Air – Linley Group – October 21, 2016
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to unveil new 13-inch MacBook, 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros at ‘hello again’ special event – October 22, 2016
What to expect from Apple’s ‘hello again’ special Mac event – October 21, 2016
What Apple’s new MacBook Pro might have learned from iPhones and iPads – October 21, 2016
It’s official: Apple sends invitations for ‘hello again’ event on October 27th – October 19, 2016
Get ready, Apple’s new Macs are finally set to arrive! – October 19, 2016
All-new MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Air and iMac, and more coming at Apple’s October 27th special event – October 19, 2016
Apple plans to launch new Macs at special event on October 27th – October 18, 2016
macOS Sierra code suggests Apple could dump Intel processors in Macs for Apple A-series chips – September 30, 2016
Apple’s A10 Fusion chip miracle – September 20, 2016
The iPhone’s new A10 Fusion chip should worry Intel – September 16, 2016
Apple’s remarkable new A10, S2, W1 chips alter the semiconductor landscape – September 15, 2016


  1. We can probably kiss serious pro Mac Pro’s and iMac Pro’s goodbye as well. Hello Intel PC Windows & Linux Workstation – my new little friend!

    If all the major graphics software were ported to Linux (and they are starting to) many to most Pros would leave the Mac behind in the dust stat.

    Apple & Tim Cook better get out in front of this and explain this stragedy and what it means to Pro’s no later than WWDC 2018.

    Just when a decent Mac Pro is about to come out after 5 long years and we start hearing sh*t like this? Oy vey!

    1. You obviously doesn’t produce for the Apple eco-system.
      Do you know that most of the major game developers studios are all equipped with iMac pro for the sake of iOS game development?

      Move along hobbyist.

      1. Hmmm, guess I’ll have to cancel my Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as well as Television Academy memberships then.

        Read between the future lines instead of listening to the past voices in your head.

        1. Cancel? What are you 14 years old? Go on pc my friend. Before that, get to know the real market numbers.

          Apple has its own univers and trust me they know what their developers want.

          You should read in between the Apple lines bro. They don’t give a fu** about your Motion picture arts and the flatery and your Telenovision Acablasphemy. Market is too small. Stay in school. Maybe some finance class.

          1. It’s fun watching buffoons like you trying to make sense instead of just being in the state of nonsensical with the obligatory put-downs.

            And thanks for all the movie & TV industry sensitivity in typical troll style! You can start sweatily chanting “Developers!, ad nauseum etc.” Ballmer style now.

  2. What will this mean for apps like Parallels? Will they be able to make these sort of products still work? I assume so since there were virtual machines BEFORE Macs moved to Intel but the level of speed and interoperability is AMAZING today compared to how it used to be. I suspect that MUST take a performance and feature “hit”? I still need Parallels for Visio, Excel, and a couple of customer pieces of software. (I’m NOT happy about using VM software but don’t add a bunch of “have you tried…” comments I’ve tried them all and SADLY sometimes I MUST use Windows”).

    1. Everyone wastes their breath on this now for something that may (maybe) come in 3-5 years.

      Gotta get things done today. I’ll deal with Macs in 3-5 years one way or another. No sweat, no worry now.

      Who knows what magic Apple may pull out of the rabbit hat?

    2. Maybe Parallels will put an Intel cpu in a small stick that plugs into a USB-C port? You could use the storage and display on the Mac and run code on the external stick.

      I don’t think Apple will leave intel behind until Pro users have a solution.

  3. I acknowledge that there are many users who absolutely need Intel compatibility and clearly those users will not want Apple CPUs or emulation, but I think that there are a whole lot of users who never need Intel compatibility and do everything they need using software written for Macs.

    It should only need a small amount of work to recompile that software to run natively on Kalamata systems and to take full advantage of the extra speed which Apple will be able to provide.

    Kalamata isn’t a solution for everybody, but that’s true of most solutions for most problems. Many users won’t even notice any change if they were to use a Kalamata Mac.

    We’ve seen how Apple CPUs have transformed iOS devices with CPUs optimised for Apple’s specific requirements and given them advantages over rivals. I don’t see any reason why Apple won’t be able to gain similar advantages with Macs.

    1. “It should only need a small amount of work to recompile that software to run natively on Kalamata systems and to take full advantage of the extra speed which Apple will be able to provide.”

      That statement is grossly inaccurate. The “x86” way of doing things is radically different from the way Apple’s A-series do things. If it were as simple as you describe we’d see virtually 100% of the software on an iPhone show up on Macs within days, if not weeks. Developers could spend that “small amount of work” and have an additional income stream.

      Why is this not happening every day to virtually every iOS app? Because your premise is incorrect.

      Further, many developers do create x86 based apps across Windows, Linux, and macOS all based upon the same CPU instruction set. (Yes, they all too often have bad derivatives of the Windows interface, but many, many exist.) Only a small subset of those likely will transition to an A-series based macOS as the effort to create a separate software base that not only has a different human interface but also a different code base for a different processor will be too costly.

      Further, it is naïve to believe moving to the A-series processors will allow Apple to “take full advantage of the extra speed which Apple will be able to provide”. The A-series runs iOS, which you should recall, is a specialized, minor subset of the full macOS. The macOS and the major applications that run on it require more “bells and whistles” in a CPU than any of the A-series processors provide at this point (or provide in the next generation or two). As I’ve said before, how many USB 3.1 G2 ports do the iPhones have? How many TB3 ports? How many PCIe lanes? How many interfaces to discrete GPUs? The list goes on and on and on. Adding all these requirements to the A-series chips will do two things: 1) cause them to require a LOT more power and 2) slower processing due to dealing with all that overhead. One of the reasons that the A-series does so well on the synthetic benchmarks is because it does not have the hardware or software overhead for all those additional capabilities.

      1. I’m talking about re-compiling existing Mac software written in Xcode to run on Kalamato devices. Converting IOS software to run on Macs or vice versa presents additional challenges beyond what type of CPU is present.

  4. This is all speculation for right now. There is no concrete evidence that they will make the switch in 2020. Not only it is still 2 years away. So I am not ready to “kiss” my Hackintosh just yet. What Apple needs to do and soon is to come out with a affordable tower so you can upgrade processor, graphic cards, memory and SSD’s and/or hard drives. And I agree with tonymacx86, even though there will be a set back, eventually the open source community will make moves to regain support. How do we know if the open source community is not working on something right now?

  5. Apple one-up’s microsoft by adding linux instruction set to the Mach microkernel. and simultaneously switching to development on ARM , very good strategy.

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