The Hackintosh community has been growing stronger and bigger for quite a while, and for some good reason. While being illegal according to the Apple policies, putting MacOS onto less expensive netbooks and computers sounds really tempting to many. Since the MacOS X Tiger (10.4) in 2005, when the first hacked Mac OS X 10.4.1 became available, Apple did all they could to cut down the number of Hackintosh computers out there. And to be fair, they succeed when they really need it. Just look at the story with Intel Atom processor.
Buying budget netbooks like Asus eee PC or others of its kind and turning them into the light Hackintosh Netbook used to be quite popular decision back in the days. Getting a device that worked smoothly just for half a price of the original Apple netbook was relatively easy. Probably, it was the ease and the price that alarmed Apple the most, and they found the way to give the Hackintosh community hard times.
Intel Atom Hackintosh
Back in 2009, the 10.6 Snow Leopard was released, it has several major issues, such as a critical problem that led to data wipe after you log in as Guest User. The following 10.6.2 update released at the end of October fixed all the issues the new OS had. But it was not the thing, which became the whole point of the update. It was in 10.6.2 that Mac OS kernel dropped support for Intel Atom Processor – the one utilized in the majority of netbooks used by the Hackintosh community. Since none of Apple products run on Atom, it was clearly a bullet meant for the community.
Some people believe Apple went this far to clear the path for their first iPad presented to the public the following year, but we will never really know.