HacBook Elite

Fully functional Macintosh for 1/3 the price.



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Apple's cease and desist letter coming in 3.. 2.. 1..
Cristi`quad`Glodeanu — Roadwarrior at Crossover.
@imran_hussain1 ahaha, I was thinking the same :))
Chad Fullerton — Founder, FullertonMedia
@imran_hussain1 Looks like it doesn't come with OS X installed, it's just a hardware 'kit' which might help get around the issue of not being licensed for OS X?
@imran_hussain1 haha... Think I saw the HP logo in there too. Wonder if they'll make a fuss!
@chad_fullerton going by history, this doesn't make a difference to Apple. They have shut down such companies in past who sell hardware under the disguise of cheaper Macs which can run OS X.
Chad Fullerton — Founder, FullertonMedia
@imran_hussain1 True. Using the "Mac" trademark anywhere could still get them in trouble for sure.
Eddie Ortega — Brand and Digital Marketing Consultant
@quad_bx @imran_hussain1 was think exactly the same. Apple acts pretty fast on any infringement no matter how minor
@thisisjason they will. No company wants to be associated with business practices that they have not officially approved of or can put them in trouble with another company. Here, I would say official permission is likely not obtained. If it was, for the purpose of hackintosh, Apple wouldn't be happy with HP.
Avi Parshan — Android Dev, Graphic Designer, etc.
@imran_hussain1 I was just going to say that
@imran_hussain1 Yeah – there's no way it's legal to say "Looks like a Mac. Feels like a Mac" this is going to be a huge violation... I like the idea but the branding is definitely in violation and honestly it doesn't look like a Mac. The body is very unattractive. I like the ethos and point of this product but it doesn't come in an aesthetically pleasing body, and definitely not anything resembling a Mac. But honestly, I'd embrace that. Build a kit that embraces hackintosh's but don't try to look like a Mac. Make it even more hacker-like.
Will Wright — Front End Developer @Clazzoo
@imran_hussain1 @_jacksmith HackBook just seems like another @jack7kim scam to me… Isn't it just a wiped out HP ELITEBOOK 8460p? Even the pictures on their website are the same. Oh, their "community" tell you how to install OSX (illegally)? Well, so does YouTube. Can anyone explain the value in this?
Jack Kim — Founder @ Aero Audio / PD @ Stanford
Thanks for the hunt @_jacksmith. I started HacBook Elite as a half-serious joke last year while in college studying Product Design. I needed to run OS X to develop iOS apps on Xcode and, being the struggling college kid that I was, didn't have $$$ laying around to drop on a new (or used) MacBook. So I got into the world of hackintoshes and realized there's no pre-built, ready-to-run product that non-technical folks (or Hackintosh enthusiasts) can just buy and start using. So I threw up the website and decided to try selling units.

To clarify, HacBook Elite is a ready-to-run *kit* that doesn't come with OS X installed. It ships with everything besides that (i.e. Laptop, compatible WiFi chip, charger, user-friendly guide to getting started, customer support, etc). I'll update the website to make this clearer. Thanks!
Yonatan Wolowelsky — Professional double clicker
@jack7kim @_jacksmith Great Approach!
Abe Storey — Entrepreneur & Growth Marketer
@jack7kim @_jacksmith This is badass. Regardless of what anyone says about Apple getting into a fit, the way you have set this up is freaking bad ass.
Jason Shellen — Head of Product, Slack Platform
@jack7kim Minor misspelling of 'resistent' should be 'resistant'.
Jack Kim — Founder @ Aero Audio / PD @ Stanford
@shellen Thanks, will fix
(ᵔᴥᵔ)✌ — IP Attorney, Conde Nast & Advance Pub.
@jack7kim @_jacksmith Very cool. I avoid Hackintosh because I figure it'll be too much trouble ironing out kinks throughout the generations. Have you planned for OS updates? Will you help people when Apple inevitably foils your hack with its latest OS?
Evan Petrack — People Researcher; Loves GIS & Data
Jack Kim — Founder @ Aero Audio / PD @ Stanford
@sawyerfeels @_jacksmith Yes, a huge part of HacBook is the customer support and open community of owners that can help you with anything that may come up!
kurt braget — developer, entrepreneur
@jack7kim @_jacksmith it seems like you could just get rid of apple logos and still do business without having to hire lawyers to fight against apple ;)
Avi Parshan — Android Dev, Graphic Designer, etc.
@jack7kim @_jacksmith So how does one install OS X?
Brian Roach — DJ / Producer @itsBREX / @QualityControl
@kurtybot nix the HP logos while your at it.
Kevin Jung — Web Developer
@jack7kim Given that you don't get shut down by Apple, what would the logistics involved in supporting future OS releases and doing updates? Given the nature of a Hackintosh, the update will most likely break a lot of things.
Garrett — Coordinator, Content and Licensing
@jack7kim @_jacksmith signed up! How long is it taking for the e-mails to get sent out these days?
Chuck Burt — Director of Product Management, Care.com
@jack7kim "...and realized there's no pre-built, ready-to-run product that non-technical folks (or Hackintosh enthusiasts) can just buy and start using." There have been before and there will be again—but they never lost long. The Apple legal machine is efficient.
Jack Kim — Founder @ Aero Audio / PD @ Stanford
@misder_james @_jacksmith our emailing queue broke for about an hour yesterday, so that might have affected you. Just send an email to hello@hacbook.com and we'll addd you to the list!
(ᵔᴥᵔ)✌ — IP Attorney, Conde Nast & Advance Pub.
@jack7kim @_jacksmith thanks for the response. I notice your site is down.. Is that a server issue, or a legal one?
Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
@sawyerfeels the site is live for me...
(ᵔᴥᵔ)✌ — IP Attorney, Conde Nast & Advance Pub.
@_jacksmith o weird, its back for me too! Thanks for the heads up.
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