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Experts: alleged 'iPhone 5S' photos are likely to be fakes

02/11, 10:30pm

Widely reported as Foxconn photos, more likely to be knockoffs

A set of photos that appeared on a Chinese website and were subsequently claimed to be the "iPhone 5S" in a number of tech outlets are almost certainly hoaxes, say experts from iFixIt.com and elsewhere. Much more likely is the idea that the images come from a China-based "iClone" producer, though there are still some who think they could be the long-rumored "cheaper iPhone" using inferior parts and assembly techniques to compete with lower-grade smartphones.

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Psystar finally rebuffed by Supreme Court

05/15, 3:26am

Fought for legal 'hackintosh' license

In a case that many thought long-settled, the US Supreme Court today closed the final chapter in the winding saga of would-be legal "hackintosh" seller Psystar. The court refused a request to review the lower court decision, which granted a permanent injunction preventing the company from selling any previous or future versions of Mac OS X along with its "Rebel EFI" hack to allow installation on non-Apple PCs.

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E-Stary HY118 Macbook Air clone with Apple logo emerges

11/08, 6:10am

Imitation Apple netbook runs Windows 7

China’s E-Stary has launched its Apple Macbook Air clone replete with optional Apple logo. An incarnation of Steve Jobs' worst nightmare, the HY118 is fitted with standard netbook specs including Intel Atom N270, 1GB RAM and a 160GB spinning hard drive.

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Italian company entering Mac clone business

11/06, 5:45pm

Latest computer maker to challenge Apple

An Italian computer maker is the latest company to ignore Apple's Mac OS X license agreement and launch a new series of Mac clones, according to the Italian site Macity. The startup Engineering Project recently launched a site promoting its upcoming EVO computers, which are allegedly compatible with several platforms including Mac OS X.

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EFi-X readies desktop Millennium Mac-clones

12/12, 1:45pm

Millenium Mac clones

The American distributor of the EFi-X open-platform USB dongle has created the Millennium series of desktop computers that are designed to compete with the Mac Pro, according to AppleInsider. The Millennium 4 will be the first product released, featuring a Core 2 Quad processor overclocked to 3.8GHz, 4GB of RAM, a GeForce 8800 GTS video card, 150GB 10,000RPM drive and a 1TB 7,200RPM secondary drive. The company claims that its computer is 80-percent as fast as the 8-core 3.0GHz Mac Pro, but will sell for less than half of Apple's price.

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Psystar calls Apple a 'monopoly' in filing

08/29, 5:55pm

Apple is a Mac monopoly

In the ongoing Psystar-Apple legal drama, the clone manufacturer alleges that Apple holds a monopoly over the Mac OS hardware/software platform that artificially inflates the price of its equipment. ComputerWorld reports that Psystar is upset about kernel panics that Apple has purposefully strewn about the Mac OS to prevent it from being used on non-Apple hardware. These errors are usually reserved for when OS X experiences a fatal error.

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Psystar hires well-known lawyers in battle with Apple

07/30, 8:45pm

Psystar gears for fight

Facing a lawsuit from Apple, Mac clone maker Psystar is showing signs it may be gearing up for a fight. The company has hired a California law firm that has beaten Apple in the past, according to a report in Computerworld. In court papers filed Monday, Psystar was represented by lawyers from Carr and Ferrell, LLP, who filed a request for an extension on a deadline to respond to Apple's lawsuit. Both sides agreed to the extension, which gives Psystar until August 18 to file a response. Apple claims Psystar violated copyright, contract, trademark and unfair competition laws when it installed and marketed Mac OS X10.5 on its OpenComputer and OpenServ machines.

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Another Mac-clone maker surfaces on eBay

05/06, 4:30pm

Mac-clone maker on eBay

Psystar's flagrant disregard of Apple's licensing agreement has opened the proverbial floodgates for individuals selling non-Apple Mac OS X systems, with a seller by the name of "chris555" offering $550 clones of his own design. AppleInsider reveals that the individual has configured a similar setup to that of Psystar, with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM, 250GB hard drive, a 20X DVD burner, and an Intel GMA 950 graphics card.

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Psystar customer offers video proof

04/28, 4:10pm

Psystar customer video

Last week, supposed Macintosh clone manufacturer Psystar offered questionable video proof of its operations, but a new video confirms that the company indeed does have a shipping product. Gizmodo reader Patrick "Whiskeyfrown" sent in a one-take video showing a Psystar CPU connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard, tracing the video cable from the back of the box to the panel. With a press of the power button, the CPU displays a very PC-like POST screen, followed by the familiar grey Apple on a white background.

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Psystar tries to explain Mac clone fiasco

04/17, 3:05pm

Psystar explanation

After stoking massive controversy by announcing an alleged $400 Mac clone, vowing the fight Apple's Mac OS X EULA in Court then rapidly switching its address, leading some to question the authenticity of its claims, Psystar is attempting to clear up some of the confusion. Unfortunately, the company's explanation may raise more questions than it answers. Psystar initially claimed that it would soon deliver a $400 Mac clone, based around a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. Stating that the machine will be compatible with Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), the company says it will pre-install the OS and include a special restoration disc, alongside the genuine installation disc. The legality of Psystar's operation is dubious, as Apple's Mac OS X license explicitly states that the software can only be installed and used on an Apple-labeled computer, specifically stating "You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so."

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Reports question Mac clone maker Psystar

04/16, 3:40pm

Psystar Mac clone phantom

Just over 10 years ago, Motorola, Umax, and Power Computing were active members of the official Apple clone community, and the recently popular Psystar is looking to offer the same sort of service, but it could be too good to be true. The Psystar Corporation seems to have materialized out of thin air, and that investigation reveals that the company could be little more than a potential fly-by-night operation.

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Psystar claims to offer $400 Mac clone [U]

04/14, 6:00pm

Psystar Mac clone

A company called Psystar claims it will soon deliver a $400 Mac clone, based around a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. Stating that the machine will be compatible with Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5), the company says it will pre-install the OS and include a special restoration disc, alongside the genuine installation disc. The legality of Psystar's operation is dubious, as Apple's Mac OS X license explicitly states that the software can only be installed and used on an Apple-labeled computer, specifically stating "You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-labeled computer, or to enable others to do so."

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$200 Chinese iPhone-knockoff ships worldwide

12/07, 6:05pm

Chinese iPhone knockoff

A new Chinese iPhone knock-off is being sold on the internet, billed as "High quality copy UNLOCKED IPHONE AV-P688 SIMILAR STYPLE IPOD GSM CELL PHONE WITH MP3 MP4 FUNCTION”. iTech News Net reports that performing a Google search for the device yields several results for sites that are selling the imitation iPhone. While the iPhone features simplistic finger-driven touch functionality, the doppelganger uses four physically movable buttons surrounding the home button to navigate around the device, and reportedly requires a stylus for the screen. The CECT P168 sells for $200.

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