Motorola's Computer Group (MCG) confirmed today that it is holding a series of meetings with Apple this week to resolve conflicts over licensing the Mac operating system.
In the mean time, it has postponed the launch of its top end Mac-compatible system, the Star Max Pro 6000, causing fury in some quarters of the company.
That follows Apple's decision on Monday to buy clone Mac maker Power Computing for $100 million, which was expected to lead to other cloners being denied future hardware and software licences.
However, the Motorola situation is complex because it is one of the three key partners in the Power PC alliance with Apple and IBM and makes many of the Mac chips.
A statement released from Motorola today claimed Apple's plans to prevent cloners releasing machines based on the Mac's common hardware reference platform (CHRP) would deny the market of the fastest CHRP machine, Motorola's own.
The statement said: "Apple has announced major changes with regards to licensing of the Mac OS beyond version 8 and has said that it has no plans to allow the compatible manufacturers to ship CHRP machines. This decision comes at a time when the Mac OS compatible market is booming and it impedes the introduction of the fastest Mac-compatible machine, the Star Max Pro 6000 from MCG."
The company continued: "Motorola has taken the decision to cancel the launch of the Star Max Pro 6000 in order to reasses the situation created by this change in Apple's strategy. This is in the best interests of its customers."
Privately, Motorola officials are furious at what they see as a pre-emptive and unilateral decision by Apple, which damages the Power PC alliance.
So far IBM, which sub-licensed the Mac OS to Umax, has made no official comment on Apple's move. That probably explains Umax' silence on Steve Jobs' decision.
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