Psystar makes computers that run OS X. They do this without permission from Apple, and the two companies have been battling in the courts over the question of whether this is legal for a while. Generally, Psystar computers, like most hackintosh systems cost less than a full fledged Mac from Apple. But that’s because they have cheaper components, which means they might not perform as well as a genuine Mac under all circumstances.
Now MacRumors is reporting that Psystar could be working on a product that Apple has so far refused to produce: An OS X netbook. Sure, you can already install OS X on a variety of existing netbooks with mixed results. But that requires either patching an OS X installation disc or downloading a hacked disc image from the internet and going through the work of transforming a Windows or Linux netbook into one that runs OS X. The appeal of Pystar computers is that all the hard work is done by the computer maker. All you have to do is shell out some cash to get a working hackintosh.
I can’t imagine Apple’s going to be happy about this development. But what’s the company going to do? Sue Psystar? Well, yes. Probably. But Psystar execs have repeatedly shown that they’re not afraid of a fight.