• Jobs Wanted Sony's VAIO Computers to Run the Mac OS X

    Despite pushing out the once-popular Mac clone program upon his return to Apple in the late 1990s, Steve Jobs a few years later reportedly flew to Hawaii to pitch executives of Japanese electronics giant Sony on the idea of selling Mac-compatible VAIO computers. The revelation came as part of an interview with former Sony president Kunitake Ando by Japanese technology journalist and longtime Apple follow Noboyuki Hayashi.

    Hayashi notes that Jobsí admiration for Sony and its cofounder, Akio Morita, often saw him make routine, casual trips to the Sony headquarters. There, Jobs would reportedly inspire Sony to build GPS chips into its cameras, drop the optical disc drives from its PlayStation Portable line and even drew inspiration for how Appleís then fledgling retail business should operate based on Sonyís SonyStyle shops.

    Jobs also supposedly knew that many of Sonyís executives would spend their winter vacation in Hawaii and play golf after celebrating the New Year. In one of those New Year Gold competitions back in 2001, Ando recalled how Steve Jobs and other Apple executives were waiting for his group at the end of the golf course holding a VAIO running the Mac OS.

    One of Jobsí first orders of business upon his return to Apple in 1997 was to shutter the Mac Clone program that licensed the Mac OS to third party hardware makers because he believed it would ultimately prove damaging to the Macís ecosystem. Hayashi wrote the following:

    Steve Jobs believed that Mac-compatible business would harm not only Apple's business but also the 'Mac' brand. But that same Steve Jobs was willing to make an exception in 2001. And that exception was Sony's VAIO.
    Itís believed that the OS running on that Sony VAIO was an early copy of the Intel version of the Mac OS X, which Apple then presumably hid for another four plus years before announcing that it would switch all Macs to run on Intel chips rather than PowerPC chips in June of 2005.

    Although Ando was a fan of the original iMac and believed the mac and VAIO fed off the same philosophies, it was around that time in 2001 that Sony was witnessing the VAIO gain popularity and traction in the market with the company finally having finished optimizing its hardware and software for the Windows platform. Hayashi wrote the following regarding the matter:

    Because of this, most of the VAIO team opposed asking 'if it is worth it. And that was the end of story for this Mac-compatible VAIO.
    Source: Nobi
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jobs Wanted Sony's VAIO Computers to Run the Mac OS X started by Akshay Masand View original post
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      Feanor64 -
      Dam jobs was chasing Japanese people around a golf course...that's awesome!!!
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