Are Hackintosh users more passionate about the Mac than Apple?

“The Hackintosh has become a phenomenon in recent years, despite knotty ethical questions, because Apple’s neglected superfans won’t stop thinking different,” Ernie Smith writes for Motherboard. “The Hackintosh community is, admittedly, relatively small—in no small part because of the technical learning curve that often comes with the practice. It’s effectively a subculture borne from the combination of two other subcultures: Apple superfans and hobbyists who build their own computers. But it does draw in some highly passionate users, many of whom are experts at creative pursuits, in part because of the user base Apple’s machines long fostered. Case in point: Paul Chato.”

“These days, Chato is an entrepreneur who runs a web design firm, but back in the late ’70s and ’80s, he was best known as a primary member of a popular Canadian comedy troupe named The Frantics,” Smith writes. “More recently, though, Chato has found a degree of success as a YouTuber, operating a vlog that offers up his irreverent take on the mostly tech-related things he’s passionate about.”

In the end, I don’t think Apple trusts the OS.That’s what really bothers me. I don’t think they realize that if they put MacOS in a nice, plain box that doesn’t thermal throttle it will sell really well. It’s the OS, stupid. — Paul Chato

“Two years ago, in one of his earliest clips on the channel, Chato drew attention to the fact that he has used Apple products for more than 30 years—from the original all-in-one to a variety of modern-day MacBook Pros—but moved to producing Hackintosh machines instead. ‘I feel absolutely abandoned by Apple in terms of meeting my needs,’ he stated in the video,” Smith writes. “Hackintoshing is an interesting process because, in cases like Chato’s and (admittedly) my own, it highlights a dichotomy between the company and its supporters: It’s a user base, one technical enough to jump through numerous hoops, that loves a company’s product so much that they’re willing to subvert it to get that product in its unvarnished form, because the company’s growth has left them behind.”

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MacDailyNews Take: And, there you have it: Betteridge’s law of headlines, destroyed in one fell swoop.

As we wrote just last week, “Apple management’s misplaced priorities, especially regarding the Mac, continue to hugely disappoint.”

You kind of want to manage it like you’re in the dairy business. If it gets past its freshness date, you have a problem. — Tim Cook, 2008

Peter Paul Chato’s YouTube channel is here.

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  1. Hugely disappoint? Really? I got a 2017 iMac with 64GB of RAM. I did not get the iMacPro because I am going to buy the soon to arrive modular MacPro. But my MacBook Pro 2015 and my iMac are great for what I do. Graphic Design, Web Development, Illustration, 3D (Modo). Video Editing, Motion Graphics and a bit of iOS development. So I am not personally disappointed at all. The folks that complain the most are the ones who do the least.

    1. Project much?

      IF the 2017 iMac does everything you need then good for you. I’m glad for you.

      However, there are many, many of us for which the iMac just does not live up to what we need, nor does the iMac Pro.

      As for your “I am going to buy the soon to arrive modular MacPro”, no one I know or have spoken with in the last few months has any confidence that the true Mac Pro will actually ship before December 2019. I would never state that as “soon to arrive”. There’s always a chance that a miracle will happen and the next true Mac Pro will start shipping in June or July, but at the moment that seems a pure fantasy.

        1. Cost effective performance data storage.

          Even if you look past the unreliable klunge of externals, each with their own PSU, there’s still the fact that it costs more per TB…even before you get nicked and died with $39 TB3 cables.

  2. Apple charges a 60 to 70% premium on it’s hardware (depending on the system of course), and that doesn’t include storage, which as Zero and others have pointed out is marked up in the thousands.

    Unlike in the past, a Hackintosh is easy to build these days, often for half or less than half of Apple’s price, with the latest upgradeable components (unlike Cook’s current Macs).

    Expect the new Mac Pros to be prohibitively expensive, and of course with questionable upgradeability.

  3. Frustrated by Apple’s insultingly outdated Mac Pro, I built a hackintosh.

    It was such a pain in the ass that I deleted OSX and installed Windows.

    Then when it was time to replace my laptop, I looked at the emojii bar driven dongle fest and bought a Dell XPS 9570.

    When my phone needs replacing guess what I’m going to do?

    See ya later Apple.

  4. i built a hackintosh that was 4-5 times as powerful as anything apple had available and cost just under $2200.. i’m talking 8 cores, NVIDIA super fast ram and storage out the wazoo. etc etc.. but keeping apple shitty OS (yes, its been all downhill since 10.6) running was such a pain that I formatted and went windows 10 and never looked back.

    1. Nice fan fiction, NPC. Windows 10 is enough to make half the Winbloze diehards think about abandoning Microshaft.

      The hackintosh community is made up of two kinds of people: People who enjoy mucking around with hardware and software – and – people who are fucking cheapskates, looking to get something for as close to nothing as possible – and then complain like little bitches when they can’t make it work.

  5. Building computers is a hobby, PC’s. I even built Macs that I bought pieces off eBay and just took a regular PC cases and modify them for the Apple parts. After Tim took over that’s when the Mac got abandoned a little bit later I felt abandoned. Then the idea of building a Hackintosh I thought it was great. I know people that are Pros decided to make the move. Apple should go back to the Mac, that made this company, us core users. They update the iPhone and Ipad every year why not the Mac as well.

  6. Whilst I can appreciate that the hackintosh market is small compared to the general consumer market, I do think it insane that Apple don’t do more to support their “power” users, pros, and developers. Sure they may not be a hugely profitable segment comparatively, but they’re the base, the people creating the content, the apps that support so much of Apple’s eco-system. People would be perfectly happy with the old cheesegrater Mac Pro if it had been updated and continued to be upgradable. The profit might be less, but there are so many wider benefits.

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