Word on the streets is Apple is working on new Macs. And about time. The Mac mini, still sold as if it is new, only has a four generations ago Intel Inside CPU flaw. The Mac Pro is end-of-life but may stay on life support until a new Mac Pro arrives.
Meanwhile, the Mac munchkins at One Infinite Loop or Apple Park are working on the next generation of Macs that will come with higher resolution displays, an improved Touch Bar, built-in Face ID, faster RAM, more SSD storage, new generation CPUs (which may not have that nasty CPU flaw that makes even electricity less secure), and more. Otherwise, while you’re waiting, would you buy a Dell if it was a Mac?
The brand newly announced 2018 Dell XPS 13 is not yet a hackintosh— PC hardware than has been juryrigged or jimmied up to run macOS High Sierra– but if you could do it would you do it?
Yes, there is a Dell that is somewhat drool-worthy, even by Mac standards. Or, at least visually lusty. The new 2018 XPS 13 has the hardware goods that Apple somehow thinks Mac users don’t care about.
- Edge-to-edge (almost) Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Intel UHD Graphics 620
- 3,840×2,160 UltraSharp 4K Infinity Touch display
- 3 Thunderbolt 3 ports
- One USB-C port
- microSD card reader
- Window Hello-compliant fingerprint reader
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- 128GB SSD storage (up to 1TB PCIe SSD)
- 4GB RAM (up to 16GB)
- 8th generation Quad Core i5 or i7 CPU (with security flaws already built in)
- 19 hours of battery life.
- Black or White carbon fibre case
Come on. You know you want one running macOS High Sierra, right?
Not too shabby for a price tag that starts at a penny less than $1,000. Remember the XPS 13 is within a few dimes, a nickel, and pennies of Apple’s entry-level and aging MacBook Air at $999. $50 less gets you Ubuntu instead of Windows 10 and that’s just like having a new Mac with macOS Bakersfield and no popular applications.
Yeah, I know. It’s a Dell, dude.
There’s much to like about the hardware specifications relative to the ancient gear found in most Mac notebooks, but what I don’t get is why Dell, HP, Lenovo, and others don’t build a Windows-based PC that bristles with all the latest hardware and make it work as a Hackintosh. You can’t buy a MacBook Pro with that hardware no matter how much money you have to spend.
Maybe next year.