In Apple's continued endeavor to become even more detached from their customer base, it seems the company is pursuing a new form of DRM technology similar to WGA. The new technology which Apple recently applied for a patent with, is intended to lock an application to specific hardware. Exactly what Apple has apparently wanted, what with their disdain for those who run OS X on anything but genuine Apple hardware.
In fact, in this sense the technology seems even wider in scope than WGA – they want to encrypt applications and platforms, rendering it impossible to run their software on any hardware they do not whitelist.
Protecting your business is one thing. Telling us how we are allowed to use our computers is another.