Apple in pricing showdown with IBM over Mac clone fees

Apple Computer and IBM are to open discussions regarding the licensing of Apple's Macintosh operating system, amid allegations that IBM is not pleased with a recent hike in licensing fees.

Apple Computer and IBM are to open discussions regarding the licensing of Apple's Macintosh operating system, amid allegations that IBM is not pleased with a recent hike in licensing fees.

Apple recently announced that it would stop charging a licensing fee for the Apple PowerPC hardware reference platform and would increase the royalty for its flagship Macintosh operating system.

However neither IBM nor Motorola have ever had to pay a licensing fee for the hardware because they co-developed and co-owned the PowerPC reference design with Apple, so a rise in Apple's operating system licensing fee could affect IBM, Apple officials confirmed.

"I not sure what the position is regarding IBM at the moment," an Apple spokeswoman said today. "But IBM and Apple are close business partners not just in the PowerPC alliance but in many other areas and I am sure that the situation will be resolved."

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