The deep uncertainty over the future of Apple Computer has not affected the market for Mac clones, Apple's chip partner Motorola said today.
Indeed, Motorola and the OEM partners for its own machines, are set to gain 11 per cent of the total PC market worldwide, claimed Samer Roumieh, vice president for the Emea region of the Motorola Computer Group.
The company, which uses Principal to sell its Supermax clone products in the UK, sold 56,000 of its newer Starmax machines worldwide between launching the box last year and the end of January, claimed Roumieh. That gave it an 11.2 per cent market share in January, he said.
He added: "We're decoupling the hardware and the software and our discussions with Apple are continuing. On Apple Macs we have a two-pronged approach with our own machines and with OEMs." He said the Mac clone market was expanding. Apple's decision not to charge clonemakers for each individual licence and machine had helped maintain the market, he agreed.
"The delta between Apple machines and clones does not exist any more," he said. "We've just released a machine for under $3,000 which shows the delta has disappeared."
The Motorola Computer Group was forced to transfer its indirect partners to Bull at the end of last year but Motorola still continued to sell machines with branded AIX from IBM on them, he said.
IBM is a Motorola partner and he was unable to comment about 64-bit AIX. "You will have to talk to IBM about that," he said. But Motorola would continue to work with its partners to produce faster processors and would not run other flavours of Unix on its machines, Roumieh said.
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