Apple T2 hack means you can have PS5 sounds be your Mac's startup chime

Space Gray MacBook Pro
Space Gray MacBook Pro (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's T2 chip has been jailbroken, allowing people to change their Mac's startup sound.
  • Someone decided to change it to the PS5 startup sound instead. And the PS4. And PS3. and ...

The recent Apple T2 jailbreak means that people can now fiddle with Macs in a way that wasn't previously possible. One of those ways is to change the machine's startup chime because, well, why not?

And someone decided to make their Mac sound like every PlayStation ever made. Including everyone's favorite flop – the PSP. Check it out.

With the T2 Mac jailbreak it became possible to give the modern Mac a custom startup chime (last Mac to support a custom chime was the 1999 PowerMac G3 B&W). And now it's time to give the Mac the startup sound of each PlayStation from the PS1 up to the PS5!

As fun as this is, it does beg one question – what would you make your Mac sound like when starting up? I can't shake the feeling that my Mac needs to sound like a Star Trek phaser and I really don't know why that is.

You? We have the comments for a reason, after all!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.