Motorola has decided to dump its Mac clone business after a week of deliberation.
The company, which pulled the plug on last week's launch of its StarMax 6000 range (PC Week, 9 September) citing Apple's licensing changes, confirmed late last week that it would be discontinuing its Mac clone business altogether.
Motorola said it would be taking a $95 million (#60 million) third-quarter charge related to dropping the business.
The announcement came amid speculation that IBM would follow Motorola and drop its Apple business. IBM sub-licenses the MacOS to third parties but doesn't actually build clone machines.
In a statement, Motorola said its decision was based on "Apple's recent decisions to limit the introduction of its new technology and phase out future licensing".
Earlier this month, Apple said it would not license MacOS 8 to Motorola as the company's new range of machines running that version of the operating system were CHRP-based. The one other remaining cloner Umax has received a licence for MacOS 8, but only until July next year and for low-end machines (see story, page 3).
Joe Guglielmi, corporate vice president and general manager of the Motorola Computer Group, commented: "This announcement brings an end to our effort to reach agreement with Apple on terms that would have supported our continued MacOS investments. Now that we have arrived at this juncture, we will concentrate our resources on emerging opportunities in the market and on strengthening our profitable embedded and technical systems business."
Motorola said it would be speaking with its partners and customers individually to assist them in their future plans.
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