OpenCore Computer launches Mac Pro clones on macOS Catalina
OpenCore Computer is a new company that sells Mac Hackintosh clones without any legal license or permission from Apple. The company sells a Hackintosh computer called Velociraptor, which it claims is a more powerful machine than the Mac Pro. The computers come pre-installed with Windows 10 and macOS Catalina, which is a clear violation of Apple's end-user license agreement.
Velociraptor runs on AMD Ryzen processors (3700X and higher) in 8, 12, or 16-core configurations. It can be accompanied by RAM up to 64 GB, a Radeon VII 16 GB HBM2 GPU, a 2 TB NVME solid-state drive, and a 4 TB hard drive. Prices start at $2199 for the base model and up to $4819 for the top configuration.
If you need more power, the company plans to launch the T-REX model in a couple of months, which will run on 3rd-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, available in 24, 32, or 64-core configurations, with a maximum of 256 GB of RAM and 6 TB of SSD.
The company also reports that it only accepts payments in bitcoin due to the "confusing macOS EULA agreement". The company says that to "build trust in the community" it offers payments through escrow accounts. Customers will only pay 30% of the total price, and they must pay the remaining amount after the company provides the tracking number.
OpenCore states that it provides a 12-month warranty on all parts, but the order page states:
"Our only responsibility is to build and deliver the system, so we expect you to agree to make a quick deposit after we provide online tracking."
This means that there is a high probability that if you receive a computer from them that does not work, you will not be able to get your money back, as their responsibility ends up sending the system. The company's terms and conditions page does not provide any guarantees against such concerns. The site does not have a legal address, contact information, or other similar details.
Apple's end-user license agreement prohibits the sale of any third-party Mac clones and the installation of the operating system on computers that are not sold by the company. OpenCore Computer is not the first company to try this. Psystar Corporation was one of the companies that tried to sell computers with OS X pre-installed, and sales were stopped only after a lawsuit from Apple. Based on this precedent, Apple will probably also sue OpenCore.