Apple Flip Flops on Atom Support

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Apple has been back and forth on support for Intel’s Atom processor, with news emerging that the lastest version of Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.2) once again not featuring support for the processor line.

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News emerged last week that some people who’d been lucky enough to get their hands on the developer build of the upcoming update to Apple’s Mac OS X had found that the update removed support for Intel’s mobile processor line, the Atom. This wouldn’t have been too big an issue for Mac users (since none of Apple’s devices actually use the Atom processor) but it is an issue for anyone who’s “hackintoshed” their own netbook. Shortly afterwards, folks were happy to hear that support was, apparently returned. That appears now not to be the case.

Pretty much any netbook you could care to try running Mac OS X on will be running an Intel Atom processor, it’s been the netbooks standard for a while now. Moreover, running Mac OS on a netbook has become an increasingly popular project, especially for those who have, for one reason or another, decided that the Windows experience isn’t great on a netbook, but decided not to go with a Linux option.

So, with Mac OS support for Intel’s Atom processors still, apparently, up in the air, the question will be whether or not hackintosh users will have a clear upgrade path from their current version, and that’s something we’ll have to wait and see.

It seems quite likely, given the state of the hackintosh community and the way it seems to rally around issues like these, that we’ll see some kind of community made update to drag the Intel Atom support currently enjoyed into the 10.6.2 world, but how long that could take is anyone’s guess really.

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