Apple US has played down clone maker Power Computing's decision to license the Mac OS from IBM rather than Apple itself.
Although Apple and Power fell out publicly earlier this week, Apple said it welcomed the fact that third parties do not have to rely on it to license the Mac OS.
A representative at its Cupertino headquarters said today: ?Power licenses from both us and IBM. A lot of licensees do similar things. The fact that IBM can do this is very good because it takes a lot of the support costs from Apple,? he added.
Last year Apple accredited both IBM and Motorola to sub-license the Mac OS to its partners. ?The important thing for Apple and its licensing strategy is to incent the licensees to grow the platform,? the representative said. ?We think we?re making progress.?
He added that Apple was currently in negotiations with Power after it made its initial public offering earlier this week and that the differences between them were not as black as had been painted in the press.
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