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Production ends on Mac clones

Production ends on Mac clones

Umax Computer has ceased production of its Mac clones after that division lost more than $US29.5 million in the past two years, according to company officials.

Umax was the only remaining licensee of the Mac OS after Apple last year reversed its 1994 policy to license its OS to other hardware manufacturers.

Last year, Power Computing and Motorola stopped production of their Mac clones when Apple would not extend their licensing contracts to include Mac OS 8 and systems built on the new Power PC G3 architecture.

Umax was subsequently granted permission by Apple to ship systems including Mac OS 8, but not systems based on the new G3 chip architecture. Umax got around this requirement by bundling a G3 upgrade card from Newer Technology with each system, which required the user to install the new card upon getting their system.

The downside, according to one analyst, was that users had to buy two third-party products and assemble them while paying for two PowerPC chips as opposed to getting one unified box from Apple.


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