Want to build a computer with the latest Intel processors and the latest version of Apple OS X? There’s a patch for that.

While Apple only officially makes the OS X operating system available for Apple laptop and desktop computers, hackers have been finding ways to run the OS on third party systems ever since Apple switched from PowerPC processors to Intel chips.

OS X 10.7.3 doesn’t include native support for the new Intel Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Core) processors that went on sale this weekend. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

BridgeHelper 3.0

There’s a tool called BridgeHelper 3.0 available from TonyMacx86 which will let you patch the OS X 10.7.3 kernel to add support for Ivy Bridge processors.

This isn’t a replacement for native OS X support for Ivy Bridge chips — so you could run into some problems if you use this method. But until Apple releases a version of its desktop and notebook operating system optimized for Intel’s new processors, this is the best way to get OS X up and running on an Ivy Bridge hackintosh.

Ivy Bridge processors are designed to offer up to 20 percent better performance than second generation Core processors while using about 20 percent less power. They also feature much higher performance graphics processing capabilities for 3D and HD graphics.

via 9 to 5 Mac 

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One reply on “Kernel patch lets OS X on run an Intel Ivy Bridge Hackintosh”

  1. Support will be official for Apple systems pretty soon anyway.  Since Apple will be updating their systems to Ivy Bridge, and they just tend to wait till they release a new system before offering that support.

    So I think more people would be interested in such a patch for a AMD system, which is what is really excluded right now.

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