Since the beginning of Osx86, many users “updated” their Macs by modding the cases to fit standard PC components, bringing new life to the machines by keeping the precious design of the original products. The name of these FrankenMac's brought back from dead? Hackintosh.
This was the perfect solution for those who didn’t like standard cases, but still liked fancy ones, but then the new Mac Pro came out. This time it wasn’t in a usual rectangular desktop case but in a completely new form factor. Many users criticized Apple for its switch to a “closed platform”, as it was mostly non-upgradable and definitely strange. But no-one can argue about the incredible ability of Apple’s engineers to put two powerful GPUs and an Intel XEON processor with ECC RAM DIMMs, yet keeping the form factor ultra-compact. Only 25.1cm tall, a diameter of just 16cm and the best possible use of its shape to achieve an optimal airflow to get the best results. In terms of temperature, using just one fan, it’s pretty cool - literally!
Until a month ago, building a PC with this new cylinder concept was possible only for the bravest of modders, determined enough that they would customise their cylindrical trash cans with heavy modding, bending,and cutting, to fit a standard PC Mini ITX mobo and all the other usual PC components.
Now it’s time for everyone to get their cylinder, [hopefully for a hackintosh], case.
The Dune Case is here: a Mac Pro case that fits a Mini ITX motherboard. It’s doing well on Kickstarter with many backers for this project. We at InsanelyMac are super interested to see how well it can support standard PC hardware, handle temperature, and how strong and tough it’s built.
The Dune Case is not made with the usual weak material found in most cases (couple of painted metal sheets), but a solid piece of thick aluminium
that hides all the sections made for the motherboard, the PSU and a large gaming GPU. It even has routes for cable management, a custom made PCI-Express riser card to reroute the GPU from the mobo to a place in the case where it (amazingly) fits. There’s also a PCB for the front panel with various connectors to attach to USB 3, Ethernet, 2x 3.5mm audio connectors (front speakers+mic), dual DisplayPort or dual HDMI and power.
The original principal behind Apple’s Mac Pro design is intact: the case is splitting the airflow coming from below to reach the components without dead points. The makers made many tests to ensure optimal temperature with the stock CPU cooler, though it could probably be replaced with a low profile one, but likely not a liquid one.
It supports up to two 2.5 HDDs or SSDs and only Mini-ITX components, to be clear, even the GPU must be Mini ITX, but today there are many powerful components that can be used to make it a powerful machine that could challenge the genuine Mac Pro, such as the latest Skylake processors and a Mini-ITX GeForce GTX 970.
We want to underline that even if it’s without any doubt the closest thing to a Mac Pro, it’s clearly not like it. In fact there is no way to install another GPU even if there are some Mini-ITX XEON mobos as the components, even if well placed, probably couldn't fit the original’s specific design, and even if the video cards were small they're still a little bigger than the original.
But we have to say that the Dune Case is something fresh for the PC case market, and we want to wish the best for their Kickstarter campaign.
So go check it out and you could be lucky enough to get it cheaper. You don’t want to run out of time!
We leave you with some cool pictures exclusively shared with us for you to enjoy.
2016 is here, and what we can expect about Apple's WWDC of this year?
Well, research and expectations about the new Apple OS X are already growing.
The web public call OS X 10.12 of "Fuji", hmmm, maybe there is something wrong, because since Mavericks, Apple choose California locations for nominate their systems.
Beyond the new name, perhaps we have in OS X the following new features:
Siri - We expected this since El Capitan
A native Swift app for devs
New filesystem, a replacement for the HFS+
More integration with others Apple's systems, e.g: Apple Watch, iOS and Apple TV
Well this is what we know per hour.
But and you guys?
What do you know and want to see in this new OS X?
A lot has gone on in the past year, Intel's released Skylake (which still needs hackintosh dev love ), Apple released OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and laso just released the Source code for El Capitan this December thus enabling our great AMD gurus (Spakk, Bronya, Duran Keeley, Y2K4, etc.) to get El Capitan on AMD CPUs.
Apple has now released El Capitan 10.11.3 to developers, and users via the developers center, and Apple's OS X Public beta program respectively. Apple hasn't given any information on what fixes are included in the beta but it is probably more security fixes.
Nothing else known so far.
Download it from here if you are a (paying) dev
Download it from here if you are a "normal" user hackintosher
Gone are the days of having to to spend hours or even days getting your Hackintosh working thanks to a new motherboard made by QUO called the Z77MX-QUO-AOS (AOS stands for Any OS).
The QUO AOS motherboard has Thunderbolt, Firewire, and uses Intel's LGA 1155 socket for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs, which are natively supported by OS X. All you have to do is flash the modified UEFI made by HermitCrabLabs (links below), create a vanilla installation drive for OS X, boot the drive from the boot menu, install OS X, reboot and use this this file for audio and you're ready for an un-complicated Hackintosh.
Features of the Z77MX-QUO-AOS motherboard;
2 SATA 6 Gps + 4 SATA 3Gps,
4 RAM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM,
Intel's LGA 1155 socket supporting Sandy and Ivy Bridge CPU's,
2 USB 3.0 + 4 USB 2.0 Ports on the back I/O, you can add six more USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 connectors via the onboard headers,
2 Firewire 800 headers on the back I/O + 1 Firewire 400 header on board,
For display connectivity we have 1 pair of Intel-certified Thunderbolt ports, 1 miniDP port, and one HDMI and DVI port
Realtek ALC 892 audio codec,
Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet.
Expansion card slots;
1 PCI-E x16 slot plus a PCI-E x8 for SLI or 1/2 graphics cards,
2 PCI-E 1x slots for network cards, bluetooth, etc.
All in all It's a bit outdated on the CPU-side but a good board never the less.
Continue discussion and find setup instructions/support.
Link to topic for the QUO AOS motherboard http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/285920-new-os-x-compatible-motherboard-quo/
Link to all the BIOS' (UEFI) for the QUO AOS http://wiki.osx86project.org/wiki/index.php/Z77MX-QUO-AOS
P.S.This is my first article Any feedback gratefully received in the comments.
Apple launched the XNU source code of OS X 10.11 webpage, where it also provides downloads to open source code for current and past releases of its developer tools, iOS, and OS X Server, with downloads of the OS X 10.11 source code for developers.
Apple has released the final version of OS X El Capitan update - 10.11.2 build 15C50
See what's new:
Improves Wi-Fi reliability
Improves the reliability of Handoff and AirDrop
Fixes an issue that may cause Bluetooth devices to disconnect
Fixes an issue that prevented Mail from deleting messages in an offline Exchange account
Fixes an issue that prevented importing photos from an iPhone to a Mac using a USB cable
Improves iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos
You can download the proper version for your Mac or Hack in Apple Download's page:
Normal: OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 Update
Combo: OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 Combo Update