Apple Computer officials say they have reopened licensing fee discussions with PowerPC clone manufacturers.
"We are working with the Macintosh OS licensees," says Russell Brady, Apple licensee spokesman. "I cannot comment about who we are talking to and what arrangements we are making."
Apple recently announced that it would discontinue charging license fees for the PowerPC reference design hardware platform and would therefore increase the fee for its flagship Macintosh operating system platform.
Brady says reports that Apple increased its fees to Mac OS licensees from US$50 to $1000 per machine were "completely wrong." The reported figures did not take into account the cost of licensing the hardware, he says.
He also denies allegations that the company iss attempting to drive clone manufacturers out of business. "It is in Apple's interests to grow the Macintosh user base - not shrink it," Brady says.