Reliving the Clone Wars

Rik Myslewski looks back at Apple’s decade-ago Mac OS licensing program:

In April 1995, while lunching with reporters at San Francisco’s trendy LuLu restaurant, Power Computing CEO Steve Kahng was asked how his company, which had just released its first batch of Mac clones, planned to compete with Apple Computer. “We’re going to squeeze a nickel out of every dime,” he said, smiling.

Two and a half years — and three Apple CEOs — later, Steve Jobs took back that dime. In between were the clone wars, which ravaged both Apple’s reputation and its bottom line.

Saturday, 24 May 2008