For years, PC users have figured out ways to modify OS X in order to run it on regular non-Apple-designed machines. According to a video published on YouTube, a Microsoft Surface Pro user has managed to install Apple’s newest operating system on the newly-released Microsoft PC device.
Some PC users consider OS X as their operating system of choice, despite opting for regular PCs due to their lower price and potential for hardware customization: this is particularly true for custom PC builders who choose to load their newly-built systems with OS X. Unofficial modified versions of OS X are available, bypassing the Apple-imposed checks that determine whether the computer is actually a Mac, requiring only that the hardware is similar to the one found on typical Mac computers.
The Surface Pro is powered with an Intel Core i5 and hardware similar to the one found on low-end Mac devices, therefore running OS X on this device sounds feasible, just like other PC’s that are capable of running tweaked versions of OS X. However, doubts about the legitimacy of the video lie among many, since it wouldn’t have been too difficult to capture a video of the OS X interface and playing it back on the Surface. Have a look at the video below and check for yourself:
The Surface Pro, which comes bundled with Windows 8 Pro, was launched earlier this month for $899 in the United States. The new Microsoft-developed tablet computer features 1.2-megapixel front and rear cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 as well as a Mini DisplayPort and multi-touch display as its main input. If OS X actually does run on this device, it would be left to see how much of the hardware would be supported, since most of it is largely different from the one present on Mac computers, particularly USB 3.0 and a multi-touch screen, which are not present on any Mac. Given that the lack of drivers is often an impediment to running OS X on a standard PC computer, there is no reason not to think that this wouldn’t be an issue.
So far, no public workaround to run OS X on a Surface Pro has been released. Until then, we will just have to wait patiently.