Apple Atom support lives again

November 5, 2009 // 10:09 a.m.

Tags: #apple-netbook #atom #hackintosh #intel-atom #mac-os-x #netbook

Reports that Apple was taking a stand against unofficial netbooks running Mac OS X - dubbed 'hackintoshes' - by removing support for Intel's low-power Atom processor in a kernel update appear to have been resolved.

As reported over on MacRumours, while support for the Atom chip appeared to be missing from the last developer update of Mac OS X - version 10.6.2 - the latest developer seed, build version 10C525 is reportedly working just fine on third-party Atom-based netbooks.

The developer who discovered the issues with Atom processors and 10.6.2, Stellarola, has updated his blog with the news that "in the latest development build Atom [support] appears to have resurrected itself zombie style in [build] 10C535."

However, the fun and games might not be over yet: while support was seemingly missing from an earlier build and has been added back with the latest, Stellarola points out that "nothing is concrete until the final version of 10.6.2 is out."

With no news from Apple on whether the lack of Atom support in the early developer release was the result of a decision to lock out third party hardware or simply a bug in the code which has now been corrected, hackintosh netbook users will be on tenterhooks until the final release can be thoroughly tested.

Are you pleased to see that Apple appears to have changed its mind about removing Atom support, or do you think there's still time for the company to attempt to lock out hackintoshes from Mac OS X? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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