Fast forward 5 years and Apple still doesn’t have a solution that satisfies customers that have extensive need for customization and specialized workflows. During the time of trash can Mac Pro, I worked on a 5K iMac, because I really liked the hi-resolution display. But hiding away all those cables was a chore. After Apple showed us the future of professional hardware with the iMac Pro, I was fed up with the situation and I started to investigate the possibility of building my own Hackintosh. Putting all the hardware together was the easy part, making macOS work was tough, but I did it.
I honestly don’t believe a ‘Hackintosh’ is a suitable machine for any mission-critical environment, but if you’re willing to deal with the risks and minor headaches, it’s a not-as-hard-as-you-think way to get your hands on a very powerful macOS machine for a very reasonable price – with a lot more options and choices than Apple will ever give you, even if you take the hypothetical, vapourware new Mac Pro into account.
I’ve built a few Hackintosh workstations for people who were tired of waiting for Apple to update its hardware. My own workstation, an HP Z800 with dual 12 core 3.6 GHz Xeons makes a fine Hackintosh out of the box which I played around with for a few weeks before I realized that I prefer Linux. If Apple wants to get lazy with its hardware development and focus on its iPhones and iPads then I can’t understand why it can’t partner with a few trusted hardware vendors such as HP or Dell to produce Apple blessed workstations that run macOS. I’d pay for one (assuming it wouldn’t be the exorbitant prices Apple currently charges for what amounts to out of date hardware.)