I have read somewhere (can't find the source now) that Mac OS X is only licensed to run on Apple hardware but that Mac OS X Server can run on non-Apple hardware and virtualised platforms.

I have two questions:-

  1. Is this correct?

  2. Can I install and run the iPhone SDK on Mac OS X Server?


  • Questions about running Mac OS X in a VM are against the Mac OS X Software License Agreement where it is stated: "you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time." Therefore, Hackintosh questions are not welcome here. – Wuffers Apr 1 '11 at 21:49

1) No. Mac OS X Server can NOT be legally run on non-Apple hardware. It CAN be virtualized on Apple hardware.

2) Yes, the iPhone SDK does install on Mac OS X Server.

  • I suspected as much. What a shame. It seems so pointless to have to get another box to do this when I already have a perfectly good box. – Christopher Edwards Jul 31 '09 at 10:49
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    Diago: No Apple OS can LEGALLY run on non Apple hardware. – phuzion Aug 7 '09 at 14:24

Phuzion, the question was not if LEGALLY it was possible. Yes, it is possible to run MAC OS on non-Apple hardware. I write this message with Safari running on a VMWare machine for MAC OS on Windows.

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