Rumors of Disabled Intel Atom Support in Mac OS X 10.6.2 Unfounded?

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Earlier this week, a report surfaced claiming that Apple had apparently disabled support for Intel's Atom processors in the latest developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.2. The revelation set off a firestorm around the Internet, riling many users who have modified their Atom-based netbook models to run OS X and sparking speculation that Apple may have been moving to hamper such "Hackintosh" netbook projects as it prepares to launch its much-rumored tablet computer.

In an update to his original blog post about the discovery, Tumblr user "stellarola" reveals that the latest Mac OS X 10.6.2 developer seed (Build 10C535) is apparently working just fine on his Atom-based netbook hardware.
Anyways, in the latest development build Atom appears to have resurrected itself zombie style in 10C535. The Atom lives another day, but nothing is concrete until the final version of 10.6.2 is out.
The original post describing the lack of Atom support was made on October 27th, one day before Apple seeded Build 10C535 to developers, meaning that the poster was experiencing difficulties on his Atom-based netbook with the then-current Build 10C531. It is unclear at this time whether the lack of Atom support in that build was intentional on Apple's part or if it was simply a bug that the company addressed in the next developer version.

Article Link: Rumors of Disabled Intel Atom Support in Mac OS X 10.6.2 Unfounded?
 

GSMiller

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Even if "support" was disabled for the Atom processor, it is against the EULA for Mac OS X to be installed on non Mac hardware, so people shouldn't be shocked.
 

crick3r

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PLEASE DELIVER 10.6.2 NOW !!!
I don't want to believe that they are still spending any time around atom, while we need the update NOW ! I want to use safari again !
 

jon08

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PLEASE DELIVER 10.6.2 NOW !!!
I don't want to believe that they are still spending any time around atom, while we need the update NOW !
Exactly my thoughts. I mean who cares about the damn Atom anyway...
 

dernhelm

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What? An unfounded rumor based on one person's experience riling thousands of people that would otherwise be completely unaffected?

Say it isn't so. Not reported here on MacRumors! :p
 

nedzalife

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Its funny how the hackintosh community and tech news sites had a **** fest over something in a developer build, where bugs are worked out. I also really hope tech journalism hasn't stooped to basing claims off one user's feedback on a forum...
 

skate71290

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PLEASE DELIVER 10.6.2 NOW !!!
I don't want to believe that they are still spending any time around atom, while we need the update NOW ! I want to use safari again !
lol i know safari is well good... just flash makes it wank... and i dont like firefox :( :mad:
 

ValSalva

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It's amazing how much angst one report from one blogger has generated. But like he said, we won't really know until 10.6.2 is final.
 

DUSTmurph

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How does he know that the Atom processor was the cause of the problem? Since it was a hackintosh, couldn't have been because of a number of other reasons?
 

FakeWozniak

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Personally, I think it is unfair of those Netbook folks installing MacOSX. Apple should lock them out. I had to pay Apple's hardware premium to use their software, they should too. Apple probably will lock them out regardless of the table to protect the hardware margins. I think they are on the tightrope now between protecting margins and keeping the hacker base happy.
 

iSee

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Ha, ha, ha. I'll take this as a little reminder not to pay too much attention to MR articles.

This makes OS X Daily pretty lame. Their story bolds this in the first sentence:
"10.6.2 has been confirmed to kill support for the Intel Atom processor."

Not exactly confirmed as it turns out.
 

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How does he know that the Atom processor was the cause of the problem? Since it was a hackintosh, couldn't have been because of a number of other reasons?
He's one of the developers of Hackintosh solutions. I'd imagine that he does indeed know what he's talking about :)
 

zap2

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Even if "support" was disabled for the Atom processor, it is against the EULA for Mac OS X to be installed on non Mac hardware, so people shouldn't be shocked.
No, I'd be shocked...it be able going out of the way to say "no atom", it be a big change, calling the hackintosh community out(not saying they should or should not, just that currently, that leave the hobbyists alone), 2nd it send a clear message about no upcoming atom based OS X devices from Apple(the possible tablet)
 

TsMkLg068426

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Huh! so I was right when I said in another thread here: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/810144/

So either this was a rumor, a glitch or they were considering about it. For me who gives a ****. I just want the important issues fixed soon and I purchased my Mac OS X Snow Leopard. Try saving a bit of money and you can afford to buy something from apple also, sorry. Hopefully they will skip this problem they are having and worry about the main problems people are having that actually own a mac.
 

MacKiddyWiddy

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Lets just keep our fingers crossed that it was a bug ot even just a rumor and all atom cpu users are good for sl
 

shamino

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PLEASE DELIVER 10.6.2 NOW !!!
I don't want to believe that they are still spending any time around atom, while we need the update NOW ! I want to use safari again !
Now? Even though there may be critical bugs left to be fixed? Do you think this problem with the Atom is the only bug delaying its release?

I think even you would prefer a working update in a few weeks over a broken one shipped immediately. (Unless you are looking forward to demanding 10.6.3, in which case, I stand corrected.)
 

lostngone

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I say disable it now.

This is how things get out of hand. We all know it isn't "supported" but it works and people are using it. The problem is even if it isn't "supported" the more people that use it the more complaints/bad press Apple will get when it is finally pulled or it breaks.
 

MartiNZ

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Now? Even though there may be critical bugs left to be fixed? Do you think this problem with the Atom is the only bug delaying its release?

I think even you would prefer a working update in a few weeks over a broken one shipped immediately. (Unless you are looking forward to demanding 10.6.3, in which case, I stand corrected.)
Of course there are plenty of bugs left, but the last few seeds have shipped with 'no known issues' according to the threads here, and that is the criterion they use rather than no more bugs ... or we would never see the update.

I would rather they release it with no known issues sooner, so that I could get back to complaining about the same bugs I've been complaining about for 5 years, in the hope that maybe 10.6.3 will be the one. Like if 10.6.2 doesn't fix the stack sorting bug or the iTunes dashboard widget ... can't wait to find out –*I almost won't be disappointed either way :).
 
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