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.
quote: 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.
quote: If you could build a PS3 would someone be justified in installing the PS3 software if that stumbling block could be over come?
quote: if i bought and paid for it, i'll do what i please with it.
quote: I would liken this scenario to that of having a music CD produced by Sony only allowed to play on Sony players.
quote: Yes it is assumed that you will be installing it on a Mac
quote: Just that they seem to get away without being investigated for stifling competition, which this article is essentially about.
quote: Seriously, as long as they can't prove the allegation of the "appearance of an Apple", and as long as Psystar didn't break the EULA for OSX, I doubt there's much that Apple can do, unless they just refuse to sell them copies of their operating system.
quote: We're not all as stupid as the people who buy your crap.You want your OS on your hardware and you alone to sell it. Clones threaten to make people question your pricing since they can be offered at half or less than half the cost of your hardware. Just without the pretty case.
quote: But don't go thinking that Apple's prices are bad. Psystar was simply filling the gaps in Apple's product lineup. The Mac Mini costs more than it should because it's outdated and tiny.
quote: I guess there's also the convenience of being able to bring your macbook to an Apple store to let them deal with it.
quote: the Mac Pro is LESS expensive than equivelent PCs
quote: The Mac Mini is 599$Let's see you whip up a nice PC for considerably less? It would be nice if it included a remote for Music/TV use like the Mac Mini. Oh, and it has to be absolutely silent so don't bother looking at Shuttles mini ATX-crap.
quote: Bad analogy time: It's like saying that you can only use BP gasoline in your Prius.
quote: 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.