OS X crammed onto an HTC Shift tablet

The HTC Shift is a 7 inch tablet that came out a few years too early to be considered a serious contender in the current tablet climate. But spec-wise it still looks pretty good. The tablet has an 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen, an 800MHz Intel A110 CPU, and it was designed to dual boot Windows Vista. But thanks to the x86 processor, some users have updated the device to run Windows 7… and one user recently posted instructions for installing OS X on the HTC Shift.

WiFi, Bluetooth, and the fingerprint scanner aren’t working, but everything else is supported, including the integrated graphics processor.

Bear in mind, installing OS X on non-Apple hardware is a violation of the EULA, and it’s illegal to download a hacked version of the operating system from the internet, even if you’ve already paid for a copy of OS X. That said, if you want to install the operating system anyway, I suppose it’s nice to know that it’s possible. On the other hand, I’m not sure I’d want to use a Shift running OS X if it means the only way to get online is to use an Ethernet connection. You might want to hold off until the WiFi issue is resolved.

via PocketNow

  • aftermath

    I remember back-in-the day when every week or so you’d hear about another impossible or useless scenario in which Linux had been installed to surprising hardware. Inevitably, a large group would start complaining about “why you do this” and “what a waste of time”. It was mostly about the hardware hacker challenging his skills, and the answer to “why” usually boiled down to “because you can”.

    Ironically, the situation is exactly the opposite here. The motivation behind asking the question “why” in the first place is “because you can’t”. Violating the contract that is a EULA is illegal. It’s not a criminalized act and typically falls into the “offence” category (which makes it no more or less legal). If this was a pirated version of OS X, then what’s being highlighted here is the committing of a crime.

    While I’m not going to pretend like I’m a big fan of things like legally binding EULAs and even the criminalization of file sharing (data wants to be free, that’s why we innovated computer in the beginning, not to make you wealthy), I’m the kind of moron who expresses his distaste for that by moving my computing into areas where creativity like this is supported and encouraged rather than fought and criminalized, where you can be part of a community rather than a perpetrator with it, where freedom is something that you innovate rather than violate. The world is actually full of choices, and I have to laugh at a person who choses to do something illegal to make a device worse. Hopefully, I’m never put in a position of driving my car in an adjacent lane to such a well-reasoned, insightful, and socially responsible owner and user of technology.

    • David Simpson

      You are confused, breaking a contract is not illegal, Apple could sue you for breaking the EULA and win damages but you would not see any jail time because you are not breaking any laws.

    • Scott

      Along with what David said… a contract is something that is worked out, agreed upon, and signed by two parties. An EULA is not a contract, because one of the parties had no input/choice on its contents… and -never- signed it.

  • LiX

    Can it be used for PowerPoint presentations booting as Mac?

  • Pingback: HTC Shift Given Limited Dose Of Mac OS X 10.5.6 | Gizmodo Australia

  • Pingback: Mac OS X Leopard installed on HTC Shift, just a WiFi shy of awesomeness | methaddicts.org

  • Pingback: Mac OS X Leopard installed on HTC Shift, just a WiFi shy of awesomeness | Bavarian Tuning

  • Marovada

    If you think this is good, see OS X Snow Leopard on a tiny bViliv N5 in Virtual Box here: http://freescifistories.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/os-x-snow-leopard-on-a-viliv-n5-in-virtual-box/