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Jan 29, 2008, 09:16 AM
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CWallace
Jan 29, 2008, 12:43 PM
If Apple and IBM had signed a deal to allow IBM to make Mac Clones, I wonder how easy it would have been for Jobs to kill that contract like he did the other ones with Motorola and such.

Mindflux
Jan 29, 2008, 12:44 PM
Easy enough since Apple owns the rights to "Macintosh" and any iteration of it and not IBM.

CWallace
Jan 29, 2008, 12:52 PM
Easy enough since Apple owns the rights to "Macintosh" and any iteration of it and not IBM.

Yes, but it is one thing to tell a company like Radius, APS Technologies, and DayStar Digital to take a long walk off a short pier than it is a company like IBM. Especially when you depended on IBM's technology to make your CPU.

Mind you, the IBM Mac Clone could have been as much a failure as the others, and IBM might have been happy to kill it. But if it had become a more serious player...

Mindflux
Jan 29, 2008, 12:57 PM
Yes, but it is one thing to tell a company like Radius, APS Technologies, and DayStar Digital to take a long walk off a short pier than it is a company like IBM. Especially when you depended on IBM's technology to make your CPU.

Mind you, the IBM Mac Clone could have been as much a failure as the others, and IBM might have been happy to kill it. But if it had become a more serious player...


This scenario could have forced a switch to x86 chips sooner. If you twist it that way you might expect Apple to have a larger market share today than it currently has.