Another Unauthorized Mac Cloner Appears: OpeniMac

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Another unauthorized Mac cloner has appeared on the market, a company operating under the name OpeniMac at OpeniMac.com.ar, an Argentinian domain. Similar to PsyStar, a company being sued by Apple, OpeniMac is offering two computers it purports to run Mac OS X, the OpeniMac and the OpeniMacPro.

OpeniMac, which was first spotted by Engadget, is promoting its computers under the tagline, "Prestaciones de Mac. Precio de PC," which translates as "The Benefits of a Mac. The Price of a PC." Accordingly, the company offers visitors to its site comparisons between its computers and Apple's Mac mini and iMac.

We should note, though, that neither the OpeniMac nor the OpeniMac Pro is an all-in-one design, despite the use of Apple's trademark name for its all-in-one, iMac, in the name. As with PsyStar's Open and OpenPro, the company isn't trying to compete on design, but rather price. Indeed, Engadget went as far as to call the computers "aesthetically challenged."

OpeniMac ad from OpeniMac.com.ar Web site.
OpeniMac ad from the company's Web site.

The 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo OpeniMac is priced in US dollars, despite the company's Argentinian base, at $990, or $1,330 with a 19" display. The company compares it to the $599 Mac mini, which it lists as costing $1,137 and the $1,199 20" iMac, priced at $1,767. The price discrepancy appears to be due to higher costs for imported Apple gear in Argentina due to customs taxes.

Similarly, the 3.0 GHz Core 2 Duo OpeniMac Pro is priced at $1,710, and is compared to higher end iMacs that OpeniMac lists as costing more than its own offering.

In both cases, OpeniMac offers Xbench 1.3 benchmarks that show its computers as being faster at some tasks than the Apple-branded Macs that are running at slower processor speeds, though it should be noted the comparison the company is making is one of price.

There is no news yet of Apple trying to sue the company like it has PsyStar, but we will update you as news develops. PsyStar offers Intel-based computers that it uses third party firmware to bypass Apple's hardware checks, which allows them to run Mac OS X.

Apple sued the company for copyright and trademark infringement, and for violating its end-user licensing agreement. It later amended the suit to include charges PsyStar violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

PsyStar responded with a countersuit claiming that Apple somehow was a monopoly with its single digit market share, a claim summarily rejected by the courts.

Apple did not respond to our requests for comment at press time.

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Comments

Japester

They must die! Their naming scheme is even more blatant than the despicable Psystar

xmattingly

Haha, yeah - with “iMac” in the name, they’re just begging to get buried alive in litigation.

I’m beginning to wonder if Apple ought to use part of that $25 billion surplus to just buy their own air force. Then instead of spending millions on lawyers and months in court, they can just saturation bomb the hell out these clone maker cell camps that keep popping up. smile

Nemo

It is bad that these clowns are stealing and reselling Apple’s intellectual property to make illicit profits.  But this also says something damning about Windows and Linux.  Even though Windows and/or Linux can legally be licensed and installed and are functionally the same as OS X, OS X has so established itself both domestically and internationally as the superior operating system that others are willing to break the law and run the risk and incur the expense of legal sanctions to install OS X on their computers, rather than forgo OS X and simply be satisfied with the legal installation or either Windows or Linux on their computers.  This is very bad for Windows and Linux, to be so poorly regarded as substitutes for OS X.

And once again this raises the question of who is behind such a bold and blatant violation of the law.

One of Apple’s immediate remedies here is to go to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of these computers into the United States and follow-up with actions for infringement of copyright and trademark in the courts of the U.S., and Argentina, which, I believe, is a signatory to international conventions on intellectual property.

Photodan

This was one of the dangers that people talked about when the transition away from the PowerPC was made. Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long.

This company really is begging to have the crap sued out of it though.

-Dan

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