The August 1998 issue of MacFormat UK has a nice table with a timeline detailing the circa four-year interval when Mac OS was actually licensed to third-party manufacturers. I’m posting this as a sort of personal digital backup, more than anything. Anyway, I didn’t remember the clone period to have lasted so long. That’s why history is useful.
Apple announces first Mac OS licence, awarded to Power Computing.
Radius shows VideoVision Workstation prototype in public. DayStar Digital to make multi-processing Genesis MP.
Pioneer announces desktop Macs for Japan.
Power Computing is the first firm to offer clones for sale in US.
Radius is first to offer clones for sale in UK.
Parts shortages said to be restricting further licensees from signing up.
Umax announces desktop Macs. CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform) officially launched; firms planning machines include Apple, IBM, Motorola, Power Computing and Umax.
Motorola acquires sub-licensing rights and announces desktop Macs. Gil Amelio becomes Apple’s CEO. Research indicates that clones account for 10% of US Mac sales.
Apple announces biggest-ever quarterly loss of $740 million.
IBM acquires sub-licensing rights.
Akia announces desktop and portable Macs in Japan.
Spring launches announced for CHRP machines from Motorola and Umax.
Apple’s purchase of NeXT Software returns Steve Jobs to Apple.
Computer Warehouse launches desktop Mac range in UK. Vertegri Research announces portable Macs for US.
Apple announces quarterly loss of $708 million. MacFormat 50’s round-up shows that 50 Mac models are on sale in UK.
Research indicates that clones account for 25% of US Mac sales. CHRP machines now due for autumn; Motorola’s StarMax Pro 6000 announced. Motorola claims licence extensions agreed in principle.
Gil Amelio… er, resigns; Steve Jobs adopts more prominent role.
Apple buys back Power Computing’s Mac licence. Motorola postpones StarMax 6000 launch as licence discussions heat up.
Licence talks fall apart; Motorola withdraws from Mac market and ends sub-licensing. IBM ends sub-licensing. Umax granted six-month extension.
Motorola, Power Computing licences expire; all machines are sold out.
Umax licence expires; other firms’ stocks dwindling.
Other licensees included Gravis and US dealers APS Technologies, MacTell and PowerTools.
The Macs we never saw: firms which announced licenses but never produced machines include Acorn, Datatech, Everex, Redbox, Sonnet, Soyo and Tatung.