September 24: Apple Publicly Announces Clones Are Welcome

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    I know their was some great value for Mac users produced under this policy, but those were some damned ugly machines. Not that Apple hardware was picture perfect back then, but those PowerTowers had a face only a mother could love... ;)
  3. macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    I hope this never happens again. Otherwise, Apple will end up being like a certain software monopo... uh... "company" who's less-than mediocre operating system that's installed in over 90% of personal computers today...:rolleyes:
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I had a clone a few years ago. My second Mac... a beige flat box called 'Rome' with a whopping 64mb of RAM and it ran OS 8.5... did the job well for a couple of years until Norton screwed up the hard-drive and I thought it was time for a new machine rather than mess around with it.

    If I'd been hanging around here on MR, I would have given it away for someone to tinker with instead of chucking it in the bin.

    One thing, though: it was a damned sight quieter than the current G4 PM that's beneath my desk.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Dubuque, Iowa
    Yes and if that company comes out with an operating system that is actually usable, Apple could find itself back in the same shape it was back in ‘97 in a hurry. 5% leaves no room for error on Apple’s part and no room for competency on Microsoft’s part.
  6. macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    Apple ditched the clones and stuck with just selling their own hardware that will run Mac OS. I personally think this was the right move, but that Apple should now expand the range in-house.

    The clones only really sold to those already using Macs, I never saw too many switching to them on the basis of them being cheaper Mac OS machines. These days, I speak to people on a daily basis either thinking of switching or switching back. Definately right to get rid of them, but I guess they served a small purpose.

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