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Mac OS X installed on tablet

Mac OS X installed on tablet

HighJinx's hacks have resulted in a tablet running Mac OS X - what the iPad should have been?

The JooJoo tablet might not have been the iPad-killer that its original creators were hoping for, but some users are finding interesting things to do with their new gadget - including creating what many were hoping the iPad would actually be: a tablet running a full copy of Mac OS X.

The feat was carried out by JooJoo forums user HighJinx - via MacStories - and makes use of the fact that the JooJoo uses an x86-compatible Intel Atom processor, rather than the ARM-based chip found in the official iPad, to install a 'hackintosh' copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard onto the gadget.

HighJinx readily admits that it's not a perfect system quite yet: as the JooJoo only has 4GB of space for OS installation, the somewhat portly Snow Leopard had to go on something of an enforced diet - and as there are no official Mac OS X drivers for the touch-screen's controller, there is some development work required before the concept of a true Mac OS X tablet is fully realised.

HighJinx describes the process - which involved shrinking the installation size by removing unnecessary language files and other non-essential parts of the operating system - as "quite the pain to get it [Mac OS X Snow Leopard] installed," but offers other users the encouragement that "it is possible" to do so with a bit of fiddling.

Are you impressed by HighJinx's work, or just disappointed that Apple didn't see the demand for such a device in the first place? Is this what you had hoped the iPad would be? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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mi1ez 21st June 2010, 12:43 Quote
As much as the iPad should have been closer to this, I still wouldn't want one. Good work on the hack though!
Stelph 21st June 2010, 13:39 Quote
Its nice, but I would guess that OSX would chug a bit on an atom processor (and failr to play high def video) in comparison to the performance of iOS on the A4 processor.

Apple were right to use a non-desktop OS on the iPad as a desktop OS is tailored for use with a mouse, not a finger! What they got wrong however was crippling the pad by not including a camera/USB/SD card slot in the device
harveypooka 21st June 2010, 13:44 Quote
I think it's been established that traditional OS UIs are not suited for fingers and touch screens, but impressive stuff indeed.
crazyceo 21st June 2010, 16:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stelph
What they got wrong however was crippling the pad by not including a camera/USB/SD card slot in the device

Like all these products, the next version will have all the whistles and bells on and make the ones purchased already completely useless. Not having a camera/usb/sd slot was a monumentle error on their part, one which I'm sure they will correct and increase the price by another £100 just for the hell of it.
Stelph 21st June 2010, 17:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by crazyceo
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Originally Posted by Stelph
What they got wrong however was crippling the pad by not including a camera/USB/SD card slot in the device

Like all these products, the next version will have all the whistles and bells on and make the ones purchased already completely useless. Not having a camera/usb/sd slot was a monumentle error on their part, one which I'm sure they will correct and increase the price by another £100 just for the hell of it.

True, along the same lines of discussing Apples pricing levels I am very annoyed with their Mac mini pricing as I would love to get one as a HTPC but when its $699 in the US and £649 in the UK (even taking into account VAT and transport) I just cant make myself pay the apple tax.

Knowing apple the Rev 2.0 of the iPad will probably only have the camera (no SD slot or USB because then they cant sell you the add on) and then in the announcement Job's will cream themselves that it also now has 512mb ram to bring it in line with the iPhone and make it even more "magical"..... sigh
DarkLord7854 21st June 2010, 17:51 Quote
That's a tablet I'd buy, with a full OS. Needs some tweaking for UI, but regardless, if it's meant to be a mobile computer, I want it to have a full OS.
nitrous9200 22nd June 2010, 02:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stelph
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Originally Posted by crazyceo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stelph
What they got wrong however was crippling the pad by not including a camera/USB/SD card slot in the device

Like all these products, the next version will have all the whistles and bells on and make the ones purchased already completely useless. Not having a camera/usb/sd slot was a monumentle error on their part, one which I'm sure they will correct and increase the price by another £100 just for the hell of it.

True, along the same lines of discussing Apples pricing levels I am very annoyed with their Mac mini pricing as I would love to get one as a HTPC but when its $699 in the US and £649 in the UK (even taking into account VAT and transport) I just cant make myself pay the apple tax.

Knowing apple the Rev 2.0 of the iPad will probably only have the camera (no SD slot or USB because then they cant sell you the add on) and then in the announcement Job's will cream themselves that it also now has 512mb ram to bring it in line with the iPhone and make it even more "magical"..... sigh

Acer Aspire Revo dual core version works fantastically as an HTPC and about half the price of the mini. 1080p MKV's and YouTube is fully accelerated by NVIDIA ION and is snappy running Boxee (even works with a Media Center IR receiver!). Multicard reader, 6 USB's, eSATA, Gigabit ethernet, HDMI and SPDIF, what more could you possibly need?
crazyceo 22nd June 2010, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by nitrous9200

Acer Aspire Revo dual core version works fantastically as an HTPC and about half the price of the mini. 1080p MKV's and YouTube is fully accelerated by NVIDIA ION and is snappy running Boxee (even works with a Media Center IR receiver!). Multicard reader, 6 USB's, eSATA, Gigabit ethernet, HDMI and SPDIF, what more could you possibly need?

Sorry it's not on topic but what's it like with VOB files? and HD playback?
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