Sacrilegious: Surface Pro running OS X

Well, it was only a matter of time before someone managed to get OS X up and running on the Surface Pro. Seeing as the hardware is compatible with some of the Apple products out on the market, it was more or less inevitable that the Pro would support OS X with only a few minor tweaks.

Now, it is certainly possible that the Pro is using a remote desktop application to make it appear that OS X is running natively but you will notice that WiFi is not working which does make it look like the install was native.

Take it with a grain of salt or three - and bear in mind that this could just be an elaborate hoax - but there you have it, Microsoft’s pride and joy running a competitor's OS.

Source: YouTube Via: Pureinfotech

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With a couple of free copies of TeamViewer (one for a Windows box, one from Apple appstore), you can also (pretend to) run Windows on an iPad.

This is pointless, Mac OSX is not a touch optimized operating system - it is still stuck in the 1990's paradigm of computing. None of apples computers have touchscreens or pen input. Theres really no benefit other than saying - look what I can do to install OSX; its a dated operating system that lacks the ability to integrate with todays hardware.

pgxl said,
This is pointless, Mac OSX is not a touch optimized operating system - it is still stuck in the 1990's paradigm of computing. None of apples computers have touchscreens or pen input. Theres really no benefit other than saying - look what I can do to install OSX; its a dated operating system that lacks the ability to integrate with todays hardware.
umm there's pen input drivers built into the os there's just no pen input software built in.

Yeah, there is pen input software built into Mac OS X. It's called Ink(well). Was added in Mac OS X 10.2 or some such. "Ink(well)" usually refers to the only handwriting recognition aspect of it, but you can't have handwriting recognition without pen-input software built-in.

Install VMware on it and you could also run XP, Vista, Win7, numerous flavours of Linux ... why not? (Or in some cases, why?)

You can actually boot OS X from an USB or SD card just fine on the Pro. It's a PC after all.. Also this could be running in Virtualbox

Wow. Looks good. Although, it would have been better just to buy a MacBook Air. It is almost the same priced as a Surface Pro with Keyboard. At least he would have had a better hardware design if he just bought the MacBook Air.

DarkNet said,
Wow. Looks good. Although, it would have been better just to buy a MacBook Air. It is almost the same priced as a Surface Pro with Keyboard. At least he would have had a better hardware design if he just bought the MacBook Air.

the MacBook air is overpriced trash running outdated hardware. It lacks a touchscreen and OSX is not a touch optimized operating system. The surface rt and surface pro are much better machines as they are fully touch optimized, both weight less than a MacBook air and both are thinner. Battery life on a MacBook air is around 4 hours, the surface pro beats that at around 5 hours.

I didn't know a computer equipped with an LED display, Core Ivy Bridge processors, flash storage, USB 3, Thunderbolt, and so on was already considered outdated, overpriced trash. Even when they're priced competitively compared to other Ultra books.

But they're right. You lean something new everyday.

pgxl said,

the MacBook air is overpriced trash running outdated hardware.

So relative to the Surface Pro, it's outdated hardware despite having the same graphics card, processor, amount of memory and hard drive capacity, and overpriced despite costing less than a Surface Pro with a Touch/Type Cover?

The surface rt and surface pro are much better machines as they are fully touch optimized

That's nice, except the (current?) MBA isn't Apple's attempt at a touch-input device. An equally stupid comparison would be one where a laptop, with identical specs to a PC, was declared better because the former was more portable than the latter. But I guess you were going for stupid in that post, weren't you?

pgxl said,

the MacBook air is overpriced trash running outdated hardware. It lacks a touchscreen and OSX is not a touch optimized operating system. The surface rt and surface pro are much better machines as they are fully touch optimized, both weight less than a MacBook air and both are thinner. Battery life on a MacBook air is around 4 hours, the surface pro beats that at around 5 hours.

Actually you are wrong on all counts. For the MacBook Air, the hardware is the same (if not better than the Surface Pro), The Surface Pro is heavier when you add the Type cover. The battery life on the MacBook Air is 7 hours.

The MacBook Air is not meant to be touch. So you are paying a lot of money for garbage if you want touch capabilities. So you are telling me your selling point is touch? "A fool and his money are soon parted". That great quote comes to mind.

Do some research. This is embarrassing.

Source: http://www.gizmag.com/macbook-...pro-specs-comparison/26175/
http://www.apple.com/macbookair/features.html

DarkNet said,

Actually you are wrong on all counts. For the MacBook Air, the hardware is the same (if not better than the Surface Pro), The Surface Pro is heavier when you add the Type cover. The battery life on the MacBook Air is 7 hours.

The MacBook Air is not meant to be touch. So you are paying a lot of money for garbage if you want touch capabilities. So you are telling me your selling point is touch? "A fool and his money are soon parted". That great quote comes to mind.

Do some research. This is embarrassing.

Source: http://www.gizmag.com/macbook-...pro-specs-comparison/26175/
http://www.apple.com/macbookair/features.html

Actually the 11 inch MBA only gets 5 hours of battery life according to Apple, check your own link for this. Also in practice the battery life is almost identical. Check Anandtech reviews of both, they are quite thorough.

13-inch I'm referring too since it is a better display. I'd rather spend an extra $300 if I am going to spend over $1,000 US. Better spend for quality than be cheap. Otherwise, I'll buy an HP laptop for $500 if I wanted to be cheap.

DarkNet said,
13-inch I'm referring too since it is a better display. I'd rather spend an extra $300 if I am going to spend over $1,000 US. Better spend for quality than be cheap. Otherwise, I'll buy an HP laptop for $500 if I wanted to be cheap.

So... you're comparing it to a version of the MacBook Air that costs as much as a Surface RT and Surface Pro combined... smart...

rfirth said,

So... you're comparing it to a version of the MacBook Air that costs as much as a Surface RT and Surface Pro combined... smart...


Thank you.
Glad someone noticed that it has a:
- Better display.
- Bigger Display.
- Thinner and lighter (not by much).

Being a hardware hacker myself I think this is pretty cool...I've made plenty of hackintosh's...I think stuff like this its for hobbyists, its def not for everyone

If they can get it running 100% (wifi etc) I might consider buying one to browse around when I'm in the living room

Where can I see that the wifi is not working? The only thing I see is that he watches a movie(ad) and browse apple.com ONLINE. So confused

neonspark said
so the question is, what has most software, WinRT or OSX lol. and that is an honest to goodness question.
Well if you're talking about software in the app stores, than the Windows store would have more. There was an article while back stating that Windows had surpassed OS X in the amount of apps it has. This is not to be confused with the iOS app store though.

http://www.coolsmartphone.com/...asses-mac-store-app-levels/

Not really, it could just be acting as a basic HID device (a mouse). It wouldn't work as well, but in theory it should perform basic functions of clicking and dragging.

FalseAgent said,

You mean a wacom would work with OSX if I were to plug it in via USB?

As someone who has literally done this exact thing, yes. Wacom tablets work out of the box on OS X.

The only reason I installed the Wacom drivers was to be able to configure buttons, and adjust pen pressure sensitivity.

cyberdrone2000 said,

As someone who has literally done this exact thing, yes. Wacom tablets work out of the box on OS X.

The only reason I installed the Wacom drivers was to be able to configure buttons, and adjust pen pressure sensitivity.


sweet

This could be anything. It would be surprising if the Surface Pro is able to run 90% of OS X out of the box on a Hackintosh build. Probably worth trying to work out of this is real, rather than simply VNC.

Why would it be surprising?? It's pretty easy to get OSX running on a Windows PC. The Pro is a PC after all, not a tablet, it uses Ultrabook hardware so obviously OSX will work like it will on any other PC. The pen should work too out of the box as almost any OS will come with basic driver support for this stuff.

But the easiest way would be to simply install WMware and run OSX inside that.

1Pixel said
Why would it be surprising?? It's pretty easy to get OSX running on a Windows PC. The Pro is a PC after all, not a tablet, it uses Ultrabook hardware so obviously OSX will work like it will on any other PC. The pen should work too out of the box as almost any OS will come with basic driver support for this stuff.
Well I think of it as more of a hybrid, because it is made like a tablet, looks like a tablet, and it can work like a tablet. It also has the capability of doing regular PC tasks.

Deviate_X said,
Add to that the Surface Pro is in scarce supply at the moment and there are people who want it for genuine purposes

I'm surprised the usual attention lovers haven't broken one on the street and uploaded the video to youtube.