At least one analyst thinks that Apple is due for a day of reckoning with this strategy, especially now that it plans to move to x86 chips.
“Principal analyst with Insight 64, Nathan Brookwood, said it was only a matter of time before someone in the PC industry sues Apple for ‘tying’ its operating system to a specific type of hardware available only from Apple,” Tom Krazit reports for IDG News Service.
“Digidyne, then a division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument, successfully pursued a tying case against Data General in the 1980s in which Data General was rapped for licensing its Nova operating system only to purchasers of its hardware. ‘If you sell software that can run on hardware that you do make and hardware that you don’t make, you can not require people to buy your hardware to run your software, Brookwood said. If Dell really wanted to sell Mac OS X hardware, it could force the issue through the legal system, he said,” Krazit reports.
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