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Apple Deprecating KEXTs. End of Hackintosh?

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Per Apple's Dev Support website:

"Deprecated Kernel Extensions and System Extension Alternatives

System extensions on macOS Catalina (10.15) allow software like network extensions and endpoint security solutions to extend the functionality of macOS without requiring kernel-level access. At WWDC19, we announced the deprecation of kernel extensions as part of our ongoing effort to modernize the platform, improve security and reliability, and enable more user-friendly distribution methods. Kernel programming interfaces (KPIs) will be deprecated as alternatives become available, and future OS releases will no longer load kernel extensions that use deprecated KPIs by default."

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here.

Are we living in the last days of the Hackintosh era? Could Catalina possibly be the last "hackintoshable" distro?
 
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The statement is "Kernel programming interfaces (KPIs) will be deprecated as alternatives become available, and future OS releases will no longer load kernel extensions that use deprecated KPIs by default."

So we're talking about KPIs, not kexts as a general concept. Some of them are deprecating. Quite normal life cycle. "...as alternatives become available" - so some of them maybe never.

I see no imminent threat to what we have now. I ain't bothered and woud use Catalaina the next 10yrs if I had to.
 

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Here's what Download-Fritz, one of the OpenCore developers and part of the acidanthera team, had to say about kexts in future macOS versions.

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It appears that the debate on whether to inject kexts via bootloader or not will finally be put to rest very soon.
 
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The statement is "Kernel programming interfaces (KPIs) will be deprecated as alternatives become available, and future OS releases will no longer load kernel extensions that use deprecated KPIs by default."

So we're talking about KPIs, not kexts as a general concept. Some of them are deprecating. Quite normal life cycle. "...as alternatives become available" - so some of them maybe never.

I see no imminent threat to what we have now. I ain't bothered and woud use Catalaina the next 10yrs if I had to.
We are talking about Kexts as the way they are being used in Hackintosh methods of today. Apple is essentially tossing everyone out of that space and reclaiming it for their exclusive use in a legitimate move to enhance OS security, as kexts are a major malware entry that's anticipated to grow worse as cyber attacks on Macs rise.

And while full deprecation won't happen until post Catalina, with the next update to Catalina your system is going to be nagging you with warnings about their imminent demise.
 
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yeah, Apple's definitely putting up a fight.
the new Macbook Airs released today run on Intel 10th gen cpus
and onboard graphic upgraded to Intel Iris

Hackintosh only edge is narrowing towards upgradability
 
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I think the bigger long term threat to Hackintosh is the move ARM. Try finding a compatible ARM CPU and motherboard. The ARM CPU is a custom A-Series CPU which won't be for sale outside an Apple device.


Deprecated doesn't mean dead, it just means it is on the list to die or be replaced. Hackintosh may get a warning on boot but it will still work.

I wonder how many Apple developers run Hackintosh :) and if they are willing to cut their own throat.

We may be beginning the long tail of the Intel based Hackintosh.
 
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