Apple’s recent complaint against Psystar has unearthed a brief insight into the hard work they have been doing behind the scenes.
18. On information and belief, persons other than Psystar are involved in Psystar’s unlawful and improper activities described in this Amended Complaint. The true names or capacities, whether individual, corporate, or otherwise, of these persons are unknown to Apple. Consequently they are referred to herein as John Does 1 through 10 (collectively the “John Doe Defendants”). On information and belief, the John Doe Defendants are various individuals and/or corporations who have infringed Apple’s intellectual property rights, breached or induced the breach of Apple’s license agreements and violated state and common law unfair competition laws. Apple will seek leave to amend this complaint to show the unknown John Doe Defendants’ true names and capacities when they are ascertained.
The emphasis is mine. In order of emphasis, here’s my translation:
1) Apple has evidence that Psystar doesn’t really want to sell cheap Mac clones. The whole exercise is a front for a plan by one of Apple’s competitors, who, knowing full well this would end up in court, are trying to destroy Apple’s business model.
2) Various individuals and/or corporations. Microsoft & Dell. In that order.
3) When Apple finds out enough evidence to prove this, things are never going to be the same. This could finally end the technical dead end that Micro/Dell have led us all down. If we can find proof – it will finish them both.
Of course I have no proof. But obviously Apple has a few leads. Whoever this is, they had better make sure that the breadcrumbs don’t lead to them.