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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Officially Drops Atom Support

Gordon Kelly


Mac OS X 10.6.2 Officially Drops Atom Support

Speculation has mounted that Apple was to pull Intel Atom processor support from Mac OS X 10.6.2, and so it has proved to be...

Early developer versions first alerted users of the move, before Atom support was reinstalled in subsequent builds, but now it is official: Apple doesn't want you hacking your netbooks.

Of course all speculation will be that Apple was fine with this initially as it didn't have a product in place to compete with the netbook format, but as 2010 approaches and iTablet speculation builds I'd suggest we've just seen the latest puff of smoke from a billowing fire. Away from this contentious issue 10.6.2 is mostly bug fixes and performance improvements, but you can find a full list of updates at the OS X 10.6.2 update page. So is all this part of an Apple master plan or is it just mean spirited? I suspect you'll all have an opinion...

In related news Lenovo is set to launch the first ThinkPad netbook in the shape of the 'X100e'. According to ThinkPadtoday.com 5 January is the official launch date and the company is said to be considering both Intel CULV and next generation Atom CPUs for a 12.1in machine. The report also says the machine is likely to carry a full edition of Windows 7 meaning it will not be constrained by 1GB RAM and 160GB HDD limits.

Personally it would be nice to see the ThinkPad quality brought to the netbook line, but I have to admit with Lenovo already shipping a range of netbooks (including the ION based S12), I'm not convinced it is entirely necessary.

Update: It seems hacks are already underway to restore Atom support in 10.6.2. If you're the type who enjoys a bit of hackintosh you'll already know where to look...


Mac OS X 10.6.2 Update Notes

Thinkpad rumours via Thinkpadtoday.com


November 12, 2009, 5:49 am

Amazing! It's Apple. It's cutting off the man on a budget - I though this would be a hot topic ;)

You lot are joyously unpredictable!


November 12, 2009, 2:54 pm

@Gordon.... I guess that people are happy with their win7 copy.. :)(see.. you missed one point there)

on serious note.. Hakintosh is good but i find its a tedious task to install it over XP when xp gives you all the tool you need for basic work you generally to do on netbook.... I have a win7 home premium copy but till date I just installed it on my desktop... leave my netbook with preinstalled xp..(thats a 3 user copy..)


November 12, 2009, 5:40 pm

@Gordon - Apparently, Apple is *always* cutting off the man on a budget what with their refusal to release a crappy budget PC. Besides, I think this topic's been done on other Psystar/Palm articles along similar lines.

"Apple refuses to support hardware that it has no need to support!" ;-)

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