Back in 2008 after its legal woes with Apple began, Psystar, seller of Mac clones, was seeking out the support of investors in an effort to secure $24 million to continue development, expansion and “compete directly against Apple.” The reason that Psystar was seeking such a large amount of funding had to do with its sales projections which were clearly not grounded in reality. According to ComputerWorld:
Under its conservative projections, Psystar told investors it would sell 70,000 computers in 2009, 470,000 systems in 2010 and 1.45 million machines in 2011. The firm’s aggressive growth model, however, put those numbers at 130,000, 1.87 million and 12 million during 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
The projections were ludicrous considering that we now know Psystar only sold 768 desktops from April 2008 to August of 2009, so just what was it that Psystar hoped was to be such a big seller? It’s vaporware “OpenBox” notebook which the company has been promising since August of 2008 that never materialized. Specs were to include a 13.3″ display, 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive and retail for $699. Of course Psystar is probably never going to get the chance to sell its OpenBook (if it ever pops its head up) considering that a judge has already agreed its in violation of the DMCA as well as Apple’s copyrights. Both sides are due in court on December 14th to make their opening arguments in a new lawsuit in which Apple is seeking an injunction against all future sales.