The best and worst of Apple in '09

The highs and lows of the year for Apple

No. 8 Apple Defeats clonemaker Psystar: In November 2009, Apple emerged victorious in its legal battle to prevent Psystar from selling non-Apple hardware running OS X, and was awarded damages of nearly $2.7 million. While Apple's legal position was strong, Psystar and its attorneys presented a number of intriguing, though ultimately flawed, legal theories that could have spelled disaster for Apple whose business is based on complete control of its hardware and the software that runs on it. But the battle isn't finished. Psystar sells the Rebel EFI software which lets users install OS X by themselves on non-Apple hardware. Psystar argues that the California ruling only prevents it from selling pre-configured hardware. The Florida courts will decide.

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