Report: Steve Jobs pitched Mac OS for Sony Vaio notebooks in 2001
You may not know this, but late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs considered putting Mac OS on Sony Vaio laptops. This is according to a Japanese journalist named Nobuyuki Hayashi. He said that former Sony president Kunitake Ando told him about a meeting that took place between Sony and Steve Jobs in 2001.
Ando said that he was playing a round of golf with other Sony executives in Hawaii. At the end of the golf course, Jobs and another Apple executive was standing around with a computer in their hands. Ando said that the two Apple workers were holding a Sony computer that was running Mac OS. Jobs told him that he liked the Sony line of computers and was ready to make an exception by allowing third party manufacturers to use Mac OS software for Sony.
Ando reported that the timing did not work out because Sony’s laptop sales were really taking off and a deal never happened. There were several Apple employees at the company’s Cupertino headquarters that had Sony hardware running Mac OS, which is how Jobs got the idea. If this deal happened, then Apple would have been in a much different position today. We would probably see several OEMs selling computers with Mac software rather than just Apple themselves.