Sony had the chance to make Mac OS notebooks and passed
If you know much about the Mac computer world, you probably know that Apple is militant when it comes to killing all clone makers. Apple is very strict on its policy of not allowing anyone but it to make computers that run Mac OS. A new report out of Japan claims that wasn’t always the case.
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According to a writer from Japan named Nobuyuki Hayashi, a former Sony president has told him that Apple CEO Steve Jobs pitched the idea of allowing Sony to make Mac Os Vaio notebooks. The offer reportedly came around 2001 reports The Verge.
Former Sony president Kunitake Ando told Hayashi about a meeting after a round of golf in Hawaii. Ando said, "Steve Jobs and another Apple executive were waiting for us at the end of the golf course holding VAIO running Mac OS."
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Ando says that Jobs was willing to make an exception and allow Sony to produce Mac machines. Ando also noted that the timing wasn’t right and that no deal was ever reached. With Sony looking to shed its PC arm you have to wonder if being the only other firm to produce Mac machines other than Apple might have made a difference for the company. You also have to wonder if Sony had accepted would Apple have pursued similar agreements with other firms leading to a large Mac clone market today.