Early today, Apple Computer and Power Computing announced plans for Apple to purchase important Macintosh-related assets from Power Computing in exchange for $100 million in Apple common stock. Included among those assets are Power Computing's Mac OS license, customer database, and key personnel. Power Computing will continue to sell Mac clones through 31-Dec-97, after which the company will concentrate on a line of PC clones. Apple will provide ongoing Mac OS support to Power Computing users, whereas Power Computing will continue to provide hardware and warranty service for the machines it has sold. Although no comments were made surrounding the other clone manufacturers, it appears that Apple has started down the road toward elimination of clone licensing. The question is, which of the negatives discussed in A Case for Clones (TidBITS 395, 01-Sep-97) will come to pass and which will Apple avoid?
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