Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Apr 2008 21:44 UTC
Apple The website of a Miami-based networking and security solutions reseller became inaccessible Monday, shortly after the company began advertising an unauthorized Mac clone for a fraction of the cost of Apple's cheapest system. Dubbed OpenMac, the USD 400 offering from Psystar Corporation is described as 'a low-cost high-performance computing platform' based on the ongoing OSX86Project - a hacker-based initiative aimed at maintaining a version of the Mac OS X operating system for everyday PCs. The website is back online now, and the machine has been renamed to Open Computer. Update: Psystar says they will continue to sell the Open Computer system, despite the fact that it appears to violate Apple's EULA. "We're not breaking any laws," they insisted.
Permalink for comment 309612
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Looks bad for Apple
by Splinter on Tue 15th Apr 2008 06:30 UTC in reply to "Looks bad for Apple"
Member since:

Looks bad for Apple ... this tells Apple's customers or potential customers that they are selling them 400$ worth of hardware for 2000$.

I always thought that Apple hardware was overpriced, but not like that.

Not really, if you look at the spec you are getting less than a Mac Mini with the hardware config. By the time you add the iMac equivalent video car, firewire ports, and additional HDD you are up above the $700, add the OS and you get to $850 odd, and you still don't have a built in webcam, monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.

It is however a product that Apple does not offer, a stripped down machine that can be Upgraded... that is where the value is.

Reply Parent Score: 4