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Clone Licensing on Hold

Apple said yesterday that it plans to honor existing contracts held by other clone manufacturers. Unfortunately, Apple offered little hope for clone manufacturers to create up-to-date machines, stating that it would not license a version of Mac OS for CHRP machines or portables, such as those CHRP machines already shown by Motorola and UMAX, without significantly higher licensing fees. Apple also said that it will entertain proposals for clone licensing that aim to expand the Macintosh market. None of the other clone manufacturers have yet commented on Apple’s move.

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