5 real Mac serial numbers for your Hackintosh

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I already showed you a few ways on how to get a working Macintosh serial number in order to fix your iCloud, iMessage and Mac App Store problems with your Hackintosh in my two previous posts (How to fix iMessage using Chameleon or Chimera and How to find a working serial number for your Hackintosh), now I will give you 5 real and tested Macintosh serial numbers.

Those serial numbers comes from real Macs and they are completely safe, and by safe I mean that Apple will recognize them correctly and iCloud and/or iMessage will work by 100%, but they will only work with Hackintoshes with similar hardware. Since those serials are from Haswells Macs you cannot use them on a PC with Core 2 Duo, Ivy Bridge or AMD CPUs, you must use them with Haswell Hackintoshes. Obviously you can try everything you want, but don’t tell me those serials doesn’t work, I already tried them and they’re fine.

1. iMac 21.5-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 2,70 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Serial number: C02L13ECF8J2 [Verification]

2. iMac 27-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 3,50 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4096 MB
Serial number: C02LC1T5FLHH [Verification]

3. MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i5 – 2,40 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Serial number: C02LJ41LFH00 [Verification]

4. MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Core i7 – 2,0 GHz
RAM: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
GPU: Intel Iris Pro 1024 MB
Serial number: C02LJ6QSFD56 [Verification]

5. MacPro, Late 2013
CPU: Intel Xenon E5 6-Core – 3,50 GHz
RAM: 16GB 1867 MHz DDR3
GPU: AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB
Serial number: F5KLV0H8F693 [Verification]

All you need to do is to select the proper serial number for your Hackintosh based on your hardware, for example if it’s a laptop choose one of the two MacBook Pros if it’s a desktop choose the iMac or the MacPro serial instead. The most important thing is that you choose the one with the more similarities with your system. Once you selected the right serial use Chameleon Wizard to apply it in your SMBios file, if you need help with Chameleon Wizard you can follow the guide at the bottom of this previous post.

iPhone is too mainstream

Note to readers: I am not a hipster 😬.

By November 2013 over 421 million iPhones have been sold, with that number we can’t be wrong saying that nowadays the iPhone is in the hand of nearly everyone who have a smartphone and that’s a lot of [different] people. From the geek boy to the old woman, from the school girl to her grandma, they all have the same device. And they all keep downloading apps. In fact by October 2013 Apple announced that more than 60 billion total apps have been downloaded and there are more then 1 million different apps are in the App Store.

With so many apps we can easily imagine that while some of them are crafted with quality in mind, the majority are not. Before it wasn’t like this. I owned every single iPhone model since the original iPhone back in 2007, and I can easily remember how different the App Store was at the beginning. There were way less apps and it wasn’t full of stupid apps and games like today, and do you know what the reason of this “change in quality standards” is? People.

The biggest problem is that the most of users doesn’t even know what a quality iOS app looks like, and, since most of the people download pointless apps those are the results:

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Seriously. How can an app like Pou be at the top positions of the most selled paid apps?.

We all know the only way iOS users can run third-party software on their devices is by using the App Store to search and download them, they can’t use any other store or website to do that, unlike Android. Also the App Store is totally under Apple’s control and for this reason it’s a completely closed environment, because they can decide which apps iOS devices can run or not and they can even pull them without any notice. Sure, this is made for security reasons and/or to defend already present apps from clones, but this behavior has a big downside in my opinion and I call it “software saturation“. With this term I mean that there are too many apps users can search for.

On the App Store those are confirmed facts:

  1. The most downloaded apps are the one that are more present on the top charts since they have more visibility over the others.
  2. Searching for apps doesn’t work anymore, there’s too of them.
    People doesn’t search anymore they simply download the most famous apps they find on the top 250 chart.

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On the other hand OS X, Windows and Linux [even if they now have their own stores] have an open environment  and anyone can write their own softwareIn fact, if you’re like me when you need a new software for OS X, Windows or Linux you simply search it on Google or any other search engine and then you pick the perfect one for you needs from a majority of similar apps, simple as that, no “App Store” needed. In this situation, with no “charts” or “top downloaded apps” anyone can have the visibility they deserve for their work and, even if there are tons of similar apps no one gets unnoticed [if the software is well made off course] and for this reason there are no conditioning.

How to find a working serial number for your Hackintosh

Serial_numberIf you have problems with iCloud and iMessage and you already tried my post but nothing has changed maybe the problem can be your current serial number. In fact to enable iCloud and iMessage a Mac [Real or Hackintosh] needs to connect to the official Apple servers which will obviously check what type of computer it is and that is done using the unique serial number. If the serial is valid all services will be enabled, if not the access will be denied and that’s were all problems starts.

If you installed OS X using MultiBeast your Hackintosh already have a serial number since it will generate one for you during the installation of the Chimera bootloader using an algorithm, and at 70% it will be correctly recognized by Apple servers but those serial numbers are fake and not completely “safe”, in fact if you try to check warranty on selfsolve.apple.com using one of those serials it will 100% end like this:

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So, how can we solve this issue and find a real serial number?

There are a few ways you can try but the first thing I suggest you is the easiest, easy as a Google search, do you think I am crazy? How can you find a real Mac serial on Google? Well it turns out there are a tons of website and single users who have posted they’re Mac serial number online and you can find them using Google Image Search like in this case:

iMac_Serial

You can easily read the serial which is: C02JT1EGDNMP and since its a real serial number Apple will recognize it too off course as you can see here:

iMac_serial_number_confirmed

cool, uh? All you need to do is search for your model number, for example “iMac 14,2” or “iMac Late 2012”, and look for serial numbers in the pictures.

Another thing you can try is to go to an Apple Store, an Apple Premium Reseller or any other places where they sell Macs, use a Mac [which can be used freely by customers] and go to the “About this Mac” menu and copy his serial.

The last thing you can try is to generate it by yourself using Chameleon Wizard by going to the SMBIOS tab and generate it there. You can find Chameleon Wizard latest version here. Just select the correct device model according to your hardware and click on “Random”, remember to check the serial on the Apple warranty web page and keep generating until you find the working one.

You can’t use a serial number of a different model even if it’s recognized by Apple, for example an iMac serial number on a Mac Pro Hackintosh, it won’t work.

How to fix iMessage using Chameleon or Chimera

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In this guide I will show you how to fix iMessage on your Hackintosh with Chimera or Chameleon in a few [easy] steps. This guide will also work if you already have problems with iCloud and/or the Mac App Store and will fix them too.

  1. Download and extract this .zip package
  2. Copy the “FileNVRAM.dylib” file into the “modules” folder in your /Extra folder
    [If you can’t find the Extra folder in the root of your disk drive open the Finder, press Command+Shift+G, type “/Extra” and then click Go]
    Extra_folder
  3. Repair your permissions with Disk Utility
  4. Reboot

The FileNVRAM.dylib will create a new .plist file inside your Extra folder which will trick the Apple’s NVRAM check triggered when you try yo connect to iCloud, the Mac App Store and iMessage.

If this solution doesn’t work you can try:

  1. Changing your AppleID password to a new password you never used before
  2. Adding a working credit card number to you AppleID account
  3. Giving your Hackintosh a different serial number.

This, with the “modules” folder we just added, will work 90% of the times, if not you can try those additional steps:

Note: In the next steps we’re going to change your Hackintosh current bootloader to the newest version of the Chameleon bootloader which integrates a few patches for iMessage. If you’re already using Chameleon it should be straight-forward but if you’re using Chimera make sure that you check the correct boot flags in your org.chameleon.Boot.plist, especially if you’re using a NVidia or ATI GPU.

  1. Move Chameleon Wizard to your application folder
  2. Open Chameleon Wizard and select Update and then check “Update more bootloader files”
  3. Click Install
  4. Reboot

Chameleon_Wizard-18Done!