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Psystar pulls Mac-clone line from online store

It seems the game's up for Mac-clone maker Psystar as it pulls its entire line-up of Mac clones from the online store. It does, however, continue to sell a tool that allows Mac OS X to be run on non-Apple-branded hardware.
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Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on

It seems the game's up for Mac-clone maker Psystar as it pulls its entire line-up of Mac clones from the online store. It does, however, continue to sell a tool that allows Mac OS X to be run on non-Apple-branded hardware.

UPDATE: Looks like Psystar has also pulled Windows and Linux based PCs from its store.

It didn't take long for the Florida-based PC maker to pull the Mac clones from its online store following the $2.675 million settlement with Apple. Sure, there will be appeals and such, but surely this story has run its course?

Probably. Psystar still sell an application called Rebel EFI which allows Mac OS X to be run on non-Apple hardware, but this really doesn't matter, as it's possible to find plenty of tools and free advice on the web on building Mac clones anyway. Hackintosh systems were around before Psystar started selling clones, and they'll still be around now that Psystar has stopped selling clones.

I'm not sure why Psystar is continuing to annoy Apple by selling the Rebel EFI app. I'm not sure if it's deliberate, as in a person who has almost been stung to death by wasps going back to give the hive another kicking, or whether the kicking is just down to the reflexive twitching of the near-dead corpse. Maybe it's Psystar complying with the letter of the law, maybe it's a case of saving face, or maybe it's just an ego-driven move. Whatever the reason, I don't think it's all that significant.

Bottom line is though that the idea of OEMs selling Mac clones is dead. If you want to buy a Mac-based system, you'll have to buy it from Apple.

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