Motorola has cancelled a product launch scheduled for next week, after Apple decided overnight that will refuse to supply future operating system technology to licensees.
That follows Apple's bid, announced yesterday, to acquire leading clonemaker Power Computing for $100 million and is thought to reflect Steve Jobs' opinion that Apple was not charging enough to fellow licensees, Umax and Motorola.
The move is bound to cause friction between Motorola and Apple. Both are members of the Power PC consortium, along with IBM, and produce the CPUs that power Apple Macs.
While Apple itself holds around 80 per cent of the Mac market, with Power Computing having 10 per cent and the other clonemakers sharing the rest, the licensees still hold too much for Jobs.
At a press conference held in California yesterday, Jobs said that former heads of Apple were haunted by the ghost of former failures and had made the agreements that subsidised cloners at his company?s expense.
Jobs claimed that he offered Umax and Motorola new licences, but at a far higher cost, and they refused to accept the terms. That means Apple will not offer them the next generation OS, Rhapsody, or any future hardware designs.
According to Jobs, Apple and Power Computing had discussed the acquisition for five weeks but some analysts today questioned whether the figure of $100 million was too low. The company is said to be worth some $400 million.
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