Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2017 08:46 UTC
Mac OS X

Apple has released macOS High Sierra.

macOS High Sierra is designed to improve on the previous macOS Sierra operating system with some major under-the-hood upgrades and a handful of outward-facing changes.

Apple File System (APFS), a file system designed for solid state drives, is the new default for these drives in macOS High Sierra. APFS is safe, secure, and optimized for modern storage systems. It features native encryption, safe document saves, stable snapshots, and crash protection, plus it brings performance improvements.

An interesting new feature in high Sierra that was only recently unveiled: the new version of macOS checks your Mac's firmware against Apple's own database once a week to see if it's been tampered with.

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The end of Hackintosh?
by Morgan on Tue 26th Sep 2017 15:43 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

An interesting new feature in high Sierra that was only recently unveiled: the new version of macOS checks your Mac's firmware against Apple's own database once a week to see if it's been tampered with.


I wonder if this will affect those who build Hackintosh machines? There's a lot of spoofing done surrounding firmware, SMC, and serial numbers to trick macOS into thinking it's on a legitimate Mac.

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RE: The end of Hackintosh?
by Pro-Competition on Tue 26th Sep 2017 16:17 in reply to "The end of Hackintosh?"
Pro-Competition Member since:
2007-08-20

I suspect that that's the entire point of the "feature".

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RE[2]: The end of Hackintosh?
by darknexus on Wed 27th Sep 2017 18:41 in reply to "RE: The end of Hackintosh?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I suspect that that's the entire point of the "feature".

I didn't think there were nearly so many hackintoshes around these days. It was already a pain to keep running (worse than Linux imho) because of driver issues on non-Apple hardware. Are hackintoshes really that much of a threat to Apple that they'd bother with them at this late date? I'd bet it's more about checking to make sure people aren't trying to break through firmware-level encryption (e.g. Touch ID on the new Macbook Pro) by replacing the EFI with custom firmware.

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RE: The end of Hackintosh?
by Poseidon on Tue 26th Sep 2017 22:13 in reply to "The end of Hackintosh?"
Poseidon Member since:
2009-10-31

Not in this release. If a non Apple firmware is found, it notifies you and lets you report it to Apple. Hackintoshes should just ignore it.

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