So when Psystar announced
a $399 Mac with strong specs comparable to a $949 Mac Mini desktop, many
figured the end was near for the company. These thoughts were put on hold about
whether Psystar would deliver, as some found a handful of evidence to indicate
might be a farce. However, Psystar proved itself to be real, shipping
units to reviewers. It also unveiled a small server lineup to compete with
Apple's niche offerings in the server market.
During the time when the initial news of Psystar and its rebellion again
Apple's death grip on its hardware surfaced, there were many reports of legal
threats from Apple, but the company remained quiet.
Not anymore. With Steve Jobs manning the helm, Apple filed suit against Psystar
looking to destroy it as it has destroyed many which came before. The
suit was filed July 3 in federal district court of northern California.
Apple accuses Psystar of violations on shrink wrap license, trademarks, and
copyright infringement. Much of this revolves around the fact that
Psystar will preinstall OS X for you; a move which legal analysts said would
put it in peril.
Details of the complaint are finally emerging. In it, Apple tries to
paint itself as simply fed up about missing components on the computers,
allegations that Psystar was trying to promote itself as an Apple product, and
claims that it was concerned about Psystar's quality control.
Psystar managed to slither along in past months despite some struggles.
Its credit card service cancelled its services when it found out what Psystar
was dealing. This left Psystar with no way of tracking the numerous
orders it had received and sent, thanks to a combination of poor preparation on
the company's part and false confidence in the credit system.
However, it looks like the twilight hour for Psystar is drawing near -- Steve
Jobs and his company don't tolerate clones.