Apple is about to pull the plug on Power Computing?s licence for the Macintosh operating system, according to US reports, a move that could threaten other licensees.
The move is expected to be announced tomorrow, following a running feud between Apple and the former chief operating officer of Power Computing, Joel Kocher, who resigned last week. This arose from widespread talk that Apple would dispense with its licence channel to market.
According the reports, Apple will tell Power Computing it does not have a future as a licensee tomorrow. That is likely to be followed by further announcements that fellow clonemakers Umax and Motorola will find themselves without MacOS licences too, shooting further holes in the strategy of the IBM-Apple-Motorola PowerPC alliance.
Power Computing, however, is set to deliver a slap in the face to Steve Jobs, ex-officio head of Apple, by delivering a Wintel solution to its customers. Power has already licensed the Be operating system and announced Intel-based machines today.
Harry Thuillier, managing director of Fraser Associates, a large corporate Mac dealership in the UK, said: ?I think Apple misjudged it by virtually giving it away.?
Power Computing will deliver its new Wintel models via its Web site and will include flashbios methods to upgrade machines.
No one from Apple would comment today
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