15 years: Is Apple’s “black history” coming to an end?

At this year’s WWDC, Mac is undoubtedly the focus, after all, more attention to innovative stuff than the iOS version of the Android interface. At the launch, Apple decided to abandon the Intel CPU (but still a good partner) on the Mac and switch to its own Apple Silicon. Simply put, Apple is going to replace the processor on the Mac with the original Intel’s i3/i5/i7 CPU to a Series A chip similar to the iPhone and iPad, allowing hardware and software to follow its own pace.

Many in the industry believe that the decision “Mac, and even Apple itself, will usher in a major change.” “Of course, when macs switch to ARM architecture, PC machines can no longer run macOS with similar hardware configurations, raising the bar for access to Macs.” For Apple, launching ARM is a “decade of grinding a sword” (officially a decade of grinding a sword), and black Apple users are the first to be “cut.”

The Black Apple is also Apple’s “black history.”

Fifteen years ago, since Apple announced its Mac with Intel’s processor, macOS has been coveted by many PC users, resulting in a flood of machines that use Apple’s operating system without buying them, known as the Black Apple. And the black Apple’s early pathfinders are programmers, developers, computer hackers and so on.

After the release ended with a $999 developer transition tool (Power PC to Intel x86), some developers tried unsuccessfully to run Mac OS X on non-Apple PCs. Two months later, however, HardMac claimed that an anonymous hacker had completely cracked the developer version of Mac OS X 10.4.1 “Tiger” and that the site had received two videos from anonymous hackers showing how the Mac OS X x86 system was operating on a Mitac 8050D laptop with a Pentium M 735 (1.6GHz) processor.

On January 10, 2006, Apple released The Mac OS X 10.4.4 with the first generation of Intel x86-based Mac computers (iMac and MacBook Pro). It’s worth noting that the iMac Core Duo is two to three times faster than the G5 processor’s iMac. A month later, the operating system was successfully “blacked” off by a crg92 programmer…

In addition to the latest macOS Big Sur launched by WWDC 2020, the current mainstream macOS system is the Catalina launched by Apple at the 2019 WWDC Worldwide Developers Conference, and soon the operating system was successfully blacked out and loaded into the AMD Ryon 5 3600. AMD, yes?

As of today, the black apple has been the gray area of Apple supervision, many users are the first use of the black Apple, the Internet also has about such forums, video attacks and so on.

In the face of this situation, Apple naturally can not sit idly by. For example, apple’s macOS software license only allows the use of the software on “Apple-branded” computers. Most of the time, Apple can only be a white-and-white “silly white sweet”.

Many users through the network search tutorial or X-bao purchase service, spend tens of yuan or hundreds of yuan, enjoy the smooth security of MacOS, enjoy the Apple family bucket ecology, and get rid of the huge cost of using Apple computer.

Severe punishment for the black apples of “friends”

The hardware and software integration can be said to be the cornerstone of Apple’s ecological experience. As mentioned earlier, Apple’s “open one eye, one eye, one eye” for black Apple behavior, such as hackers, developers and individual users, may be because these cracks are conducive to improving Apple’s operating system, or perhaps because of the cost of legal fees, not to take action. But Apple can’t help but try to capitalise on the black apple. The most famous case of black apples is the Apple Case Psystar.

In early 2008, Psystar sold its “clone Mac” using the OS X version, which could be installed on the x86 compatible model, for $400-600 and was sued for copyright infringement by Apple. At the time, Apple’s Mac’s latest operating system was The Mac OS X 10.5, and the MacBook Pro was priced at thousands of dollars.

By December 2009, the self-confessed Psystar agreed to pay Apple $2.7 million to end the legal battle, but in order for the company to survive, Psystar used an appeal to fight Apple in court.

The lawsuit has been going on for more than three years, with appeals and counterclaims continuing, and in 2011, the court ruled in Apple’s favor that Psystar violated Apple’s OS X copyright while building its own brand. Despite millions of dollars in compensation, Psystar sold only 768 computers, according tomedia reports.

Recently, a company called OpenCore Computer, which sells Velociraptor, a “black apple” workstation, is being sold publicly, with the best of windows and MacOS. (Chinese name is called “Swift Dragon”), but it is also a thunder and rain point small, the current official website can not open …

The Velociraptor product comes standard with an octa-core Ryzen 3700X CPU, 16 GB OF RAM, Radeon Pulse RX 580 graphics card, 250GB NVMe SSD for macOS and 250GB SATA SSD for Windows, as well as a 2TB hard drive for $2,199. With the addition of Windows 10 Pro and macOS, it’s a price-performance ratio to the $5999 Mac Pro. In addition, they plan to introduce more configurations in the future, including up to 64-core CPU core 256GB of RAM.

Even more funny, the company advertised the slogan “use like an Apple Mac”, such a slogan is not quite a kind of “your next computer, why is the computer” such a high-level?

Of course, with Psystar’s front-runner, the company only accepts Bitcoin payments to avoid risk, and gets a 10% discount if the user pays the system in full. Editors were curious to open the site and found that the site had been shut down…

Say goodbye to the Black Apple? Chips are the key.

What is Apple a company? Many people’s first reaction is to do the main mobile phone, after all, the iPhone is so famous, take a shen for some people are willing. In fact, Apple, a genuine computer company, is not too much to say that it is the leader of the pc era and redefining the entire computer industry. As the core of the computer, the CPU is crucial. Apple’s blackness also originated 15 years ago.

Since 2005, when Apple moved from powerPC architecture to Intel’s processor architecture, Apple has worked with Intel for 15 years, and almost every generation of Mac computers uses Intel’s custom chips (of course, every generation of macOS is blackened). Now that we’re opening the Apple Store, we can see that MacBook Air, Pro, iMac and more are still Intel CPUs. That’s exactly what happened, even though there are many Apple ARM rumors in front of WWDC, and many users remain steadfast in their belief that Apple will continue to stand up for Intel.

Why apple uses a self-research chip, in Cook’s original words, “to make a better product.” This was the case with the over-architecture of the Intel x86, which was abandoned for Power PCs, and now from X86 to ARM.

With ARM architecture chips, performance is “far beyond” in the past, and even more so, performance has gone up without significantly increasing energy consumption. Users don’t worry about heat, Caton and other issues, but also get longer-term laptop battery life. At the software level, all of Apple’s product lines use an architecture that makes it easily available for an extremely rich iOS app to run directly on macOS, which means a lot to Macs and even for Apple.

(Apple and Intel announce cooperation when the official website

The more practical explanation, of course, is that Apple’s self-developed Arm processor applications effectively enhance Mac’s competitiveness, allow Apple to update its Mac models without relying on Intel processors, and reduce processor costs to 40-60%. Lower costs have also become another big part of Apple’s revenue, especially in today’s saturated market. For the Black Apple, dual systems, these affect the user experience and revenue, also solved.

What will happen to Apple’s products in the post-Intel chip era?

In the short term, it is common for Intel not to break up with Apple.

At the launch, Cook announced that the first Mac with a self-developing ARM chip will be launched by the end of the year, but will still be available with a new Mac with an Intel CPU. Apple plans to complete the app eco-transformation within two years, but certainly won’t give up the software support for Intel CPU Mac in two years, a change that must be gradual and flat.

In addition to black apple, dual system strain, many users choose the First Mac question is: the next Mac, do you want to buy Apple’s own version of ARM, or the traditional Intel CPU version?

No one can make an accurate judgment until the new product arrives, but the PERFORMANCE of the ARM version seems to be not bad in terms of the information and running points that developers have revealed. Of course, if you want to use as a productivity tool, ARM’s Mac would be better to wait a year or two, after all, “wait for the party” will win. In the editor’s opinion, the current mobile-grade Intel chip Mac is more compatible, in the short term also do not need to face the fate of elimination, with 15 years of accumulation, ecological applications are also more perfect, can take care of the needs of most users. If you love to try new products, use less of the software on your Mac, use only Apple-native and Adobe-related software, ARM can try it.

In addition, for Apple’s high-performance and power-consuming desktop Macs, such as the Mac Pro and iMac Pro, users don’t care about energy consumption – performance is the most important. Who is more competitive with ARM-architecture Apple Silicon and Intel’s X86 architecture CPUs on a racetrack that ignores energy consumption? There still needs to be a question mark.

What impact on Intel is a concern for many users. According to Gartner, Apple’s Mac business accounts for only 2% to 4% of Intel’s sales, which will not have much impact on Intel’s sales figures, but it is a big blow to Intel’s brand in the current phase of Intel’s competition with AMD.

And Apple’s “example” may be able to stimulate more manufacturers to embrace ARM, after all, ARM-based processors in terms of power consumption, cost and performance have taken a considerable advantage, there are already related signs, such as Lenovo Flex 5G notebook, using Qualcomm SnapDragon chip …


With the lessons of the previous shift from Microsoft X86 to ARM, and Apple’s own over-the-top experience from Power PC to Intel x86, it is only a matter of time before Apple makes ARM the core of the Mac. Perhaps soon, black apple may become a historical term, and the former Black Apple user has turned into a real apple customer…