What you need to know
- A company called OpenCore Computer is selling a Hackintosh.
- Previous companies who tried to do so were sued by Apple for violating the macOS licensing agreement.
- The developers behind the OpenCore platform have already warned users to avoid the company.
A mysterious new company called OpenCore Computer has begun selling a Hackintosh computer that violates Apple's macOS end-user licensing agreement. The tower, called the Velociraptor, is the first of a line that the company calls "zero-compromise Hackintoshes". The computer has a number of configurations available and starts at $2199.
Reported by MacRumors, the legal ramifications of OpenCore Computer's offering could be similar to that of Psystar Corporation, a now-defunct company who tried to sell a similar product.
The developers behind OpenCore, the free open-source tool which helps someone prepare a system to boot macOS, has put out a statement decrying OpenCore Computer's theft of its name and logo and warned customers to avoid purchasing a machine from the company.
We tested the purchasing process and the website does force you to pay in Bitcoin, another red flag for those who want to ensure they are buying a product from a legitimate company with all of the purchasing protections you would come to expect. There is also no information about the company on the website, such as a phone number or address. The only thing present on the website is a contact form.
While the Hackintosh community is fascinating, this latest venture seems to fly in the face of what that community stands for, seems like a lawsuit waiting to happen, and is too unknown to offer customers the confidence that they will actually receive what they pay for.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.