In this video, Cannon and I will tell you the top 5 benefits of Hackintoshing.
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No you can't really customize a Hackintosh to be anything yo want it to be, in fact, there is a very narrow range of parts which can be assembled together to make a working Hackintosh. If Apple has never offered that series of parts for sale in an authentic Macintosh then its almost impossible (very likely to be impossible) to get a Hackintosh to work with those parts because there is no driver support for them.
The future upgrade potential is definitely not infinite, you are still limited to the parts that Apple has already provided support for (see above). The easy to remove parts (hard drives, RAM) are just as easy to swap out in a real desktop Mac (note that there is no such thing as a laptop Hackintosh so all the versatility and upgradability arguments are destroyed by this one fact. Yo can only have a Hackintosh if you are building a desktop, which most users today buy laptops, so that one point alone makes Hackintoshes useless for the majority of consumer purchases today).
macOS is not more reliable than Windows because there are fewer viruses for it. Its more reliable even without taking viruses/malware into account because its a true UNIX operating system which has been fine tuned for decades to be reliable and safe for universities and corporate use. If you then add back the malware situation and then there is no comparison. At any given time there are hundreds of thousands of different versions of Windows malware that are actively infecting millions of Windows users worldwide. At he same time, there are no active malware against macOS that can infiltrate the system on its own. There is a tiny amount of trojan horses that careless users infect their systems on their own, but fortunately its a microscopic issue and if you are halfway aware of not downloading junk from unknown email then you are actually just fine.
Its a myth that Hackintshes are cheaper. That is only true if you install cheaper parts, but then its not an Apple to Apple comparison. There have been numerous online comparisons where the same exact parts have been priced and Hackintshes generally are the same price or more expensive. Yes, you can substitute parts which is what 99% of hackers seem to be doing, but then when you run benchmarks (plenty of which are published publicly online) then you'll find that the cheaper Hackintosh parts have lower benchmark scores.
Using used parts works however to justify the enormous amount of time they put into fixing the numerous glitches everyone runs into getting their Hackintoshes (Continuity, Handoff, iMessage, etc.) it seems that hackers will compared used parts prices against new Mac prices. This is obviously completely invalid, there is a very healthy secondary market for used Macs since they last mush longer than Windows machines, but Macs can still be purchased used at very reasonable prices, that cost the same or less than a Hackintosh. Generally all you need to do is to swap to an SSD and those old Macs will deliver excellent performance (even the first generation Intel Macs with Intel Core2Duo CPUs are still in common use today, delivering excellent performance once upgraded with an SSD).
If you are a student on a tight budget, check out the used computer sales at the local universities, they commonly have policies sin place that require them to sell perfectly good Macs at highly discounted prices, which allow you to get one much cheaper than a Hackintosh and not have to invest a huge amount of time and energy assembling and debugging it to cork correctly.
Its obvious that the number one reason to build a Hackintosh is for fun. The second reason is because you already have the parts (assembled or not) and can simply install macOS at no cost. These reasons make sense but in no way apply to the vast majority of Mac users on the planet.
Keep in mind that every time Apple issues a software update, all Hackintoshes break. If yo look at the hacker support forums you'll see them scrambling to try and re-hack their Hackintosh so it works properly again, obviously this level of unreliability makes them only fit for casual use or or hobbyists that truly enjoy the challenge pos keeping their FrankenMacs running. It might be fu for them but its a nightmare situation for the average user.
First of all, thanks for taking the time to write this comment in your attempt to dismantle most of my arguments. However, I believe you may have misunderstood most of the points that I was making in my video.
When I was talking about customizing a Hackintosh to be "anything you want it to be" I was talking in terms of what you actually want to do with it and what your computer needs are (simple internet browsing machine, video editing rig, server, etc). Of course Apple has never offered a series of parts for sale, but they have used the same chipsets and motherboard types to the point where they can be emulated. At this point, Macs are PCs. When it comes to driver support, you are incorrect. People in the Hackintosh community have developed drivers for all sorts of components, ranging from compatible to incompatible, in order to get full or part use out of the components. These drivers are usually pre-installed if you are using a distro, or bundled in a program like MultiBeast.
Although yes, there is no "infinite" upgrade potential, you are not limited to parts Apple has provided support for, as, once again, people in the community have developed drivers for incompatible parts (AMD processors and chipsets are in now way compatible with macOS, and although it is more difficult, it is possible. My first Hackintosh was an AMD hackintosh, and although it wasn't perfect, I actually managed to get it running.) Based on this incompatible turned to compatible trail for certain components made possible by the connunity, there is a much wider variety of "compatible" parts, which destroys your argument. Of course there are "golden" builds, and finding parts for that is quite difficult. I myself have never built a "perfect" Hack, most of mine are half-hacks that always get at least one thing wrong. Yes, it is easy to swap out RAM and HDDs on current real desktop Macs, but as I said in my video, Apple seems to be removing that possibility. In the current level Mac Mini (2014) you are unable to upgrade the HDD or the RAM, as both are soldered to the motherboard. Also, in the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, the RAM is also soldered, making upgrades difficult. You are completely wrong about how there are no such thing as laptop Hackintoshes. Yes, they may not be perfect, but you still can run the Operating System, with compatibility in certain crucial areas. I myself have done three laptop hackintosh videos, and although none of them are perfect, the main goal was to get the system running, which worked.
Yes, macOS isn't just safer than Windows because of fewer viruses, but because there is currently no "active" malware that can affect macOS on its own. Of course, supporting your argument, someone would actually have to download and manually install the virus (usually disguised as an important or wanted application downloaded from a shady source). Although there are more reasons to safety, you technically supported my argument that macOS is safer than Windows when it comes to viruses.
When it comes to price vs performance, you denounced my argument by stating that it is a myth that Hacks are cheaper than real Macs. When the hackers usually substitute parts, it's for compatibility's sake or to weigh in the Hack's favor. The most powerful Hackintosh at this moment in time could easily crush Apple's top of the line Mac Pro (2013 version at the time of writing this comment.) This is because more and more powerful parts like Maxwell-based Titans have found their way into becoming compatible with OS X, and Intel's Kaby Lake line of processors are also finding their way inside of Hackitnoshes, with no compatibility issues whatsoever. There are numerous videos online showing Hackintoshes at cheaper prices being compared against real Macs, with Hacks usually being the victor. Snazzy Labs makes videos comparing Macs with Hacks, and that's where I can confirm my sources, as well as MKBHD's Hackintosh Pro Project. In these situations, the parts are usually purchased brand new, and they still turn out cheaper usually.
Not every Mac can be completely revived to what it was with a RAM/SSD upgrade. I can tell you this as a proud owner of a Late 2008 Aluminum MacBook. I upgraded it to 8GB of RAM (from 2GB) and swapped the mechanical drive for a Samsung 850 EVO, and currently use it as my main laptop. I still run into issues with the computer being bottlenecked by a Core 2 Duo as well as a Nbidia GT 9400 for a GPU. Sure, read/write speeds and boot up times have increased for me drastically, but I see no real performance benefit. Sure, the apps may launch faster, but that doesn't mean the performance inside the applications would compare to something like my main PC build. Basic things like browsing the web and schoolwork are no issue, but when it starts getting into heavier tasks, it obviously begins to show its age. This could be to poor support for the hardware in El Capitan, but I wouldn't argue that as I'd rather keep my system up to date to avoid security risks in older applications.
Students on a tight budget shouldn't look for older Macs immediately as their main option. I'd personally recommend something like a Chromebook or an older Windows laptop for schoolwork only, as older Macs have been shown to hold their value very well. Of course, with the abiity to use Apple's bootcamp, you could install Windows and have a cheap Windows PC, so I guess that could also be an option. But Macs have always been associated with a high price tag, even older Macs. so students should look elsewhere as their first priorities.
Yes, a big reason to Hackintosh is for the tinkerer, one who likes messing around with computers and has fun going through the process. I personally Hackintosh because of that, because I'm a tinkerer. But some people can't afford Macs, and some are just looking for more performance, and if they don't mind the hurdles that come with Hackintoshing, Hacks are usually the best option.
I can't argue with you on the fact that every time Apple issues a software update, Hacks break. That's why macOS versions matter so much, and so much work is put into making the current version as perfect as possible. One of the biggest rules of Hackintoshing is to never blindly update your computer, as it most certainly will break without re running your bootloader or doing other tasks. But not everybody updates to the latest and greatest, and most Hackers stay with the version they are using until a stable update to what Apple released is released, and then everybody updates. For the average user, they shoyld just memorize the rule of not blindly updating.
I'll end my arguments by stating this: If you want a working Mac with absolutely no issues, buy a real Mac. The extra premium you are paying for is for legitimacy and Apple's cover. But if you are willing to jump through hoops for things like performance and a lower price tag, Hackintoshing is for you. Strongly considering making a Top 5 Reasons NOT to Hackintosh that goes over similar reasons that you stated here.
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