The concept artwork for Axon Logic's hackintosh slate doesn't offer much detail, but will likely interest Apple's lawyers.
Clearly having not paid much attention to the troubles of hackintosh retailer Psystar
, an Illinois-based startup has announced its plans to offer a tablet running a full version of Mac OS X - without Apple's approval.
Feeling something between a cut-price version of Axiotron's ModBook
tablet - a completely legitimate device constructed from the remains of a custom MacBook - and your average homebrew hackintosh, Axon Logic's device is designed to offer a full Mac OS X experience at the same price point as the cut-down iPad.
Aiming for a $500 retail price, CrunchGear
claims that the slate will feature "netbook specs
" - which most likely means a 1.6GHz Atom-based processor, around 1-2GB of RAM, and either a 2.5" mechanical hard drive or an 8-16GB SSD. Unlike the rather feature-free iPad, Axon Logic's device will offer a trio of USB ports and an integral webcam. Interestingly, the company claims that future revisions of the hardware will feature a Core 2 Duo processor - which would perform significantly faster than the 1GHz chip found in the iPad.
That is, if the company stays around long enough for a second revision: unlike Axiotron's ModBook, which uses original Apple hardware with Mac OS X already legitimately installed, Axon Logic's device relies on a modified BIOS to allow Mac OS X to run on non-Apple hardware - a breach of the terms and conditions under which Apple licenses its software. As a result, it's likely to find itself feeling the heat of Apple's legal team - despite claims that it will offer the operating system as an install-it-yourself option rather than pre-installed.
Is this the device that the iPad should
have been? Could you see yourself spending the money on a slate if it runs Mac OS X, or would it have to come with the official Apple seal of approval? Share your thoughts over in the forums