As Sony thinks about selling its PC business, Japanese writer Nobuyuki Hayashi shared a conversation he had with former Sony President Kunitake Ando that reveals that Steve Jobs wanted Sony’s VAIO laptops to run Mac OS X.
Steve Jobs had a meeting with Sony’s Ando in Hawaii back in 2001, where he showed him a VAIO laptop which had Mac OS X running:
Most of Sony’s executives spends their winter vacation in Hawaii and play golf after celebrating new year. In one of those new year golf competitions back in 2001, ” Steve Jobs and another Apple executive were waiting for us at the end of golf course holding VAIO running Mac OS” recalls Ando; 2001 is the year, Mac OS X shipped and I am speculating this is Intel-version of Mac OS X, they hid for four and half years since then.
It’s worth noting that Apple shut down the Mac clone business, but was willing to let its OS run on hardware the company doesn’t make, mostly because Jobs liked Sony’s VAIO laptops.
This narration is in line with an answer by an Apple engineer’s wife on Quora that details the beginnings of OS X on Intel chips:
[Apple SVP of Software Engineering] Bertrand [Serlet] tells JK to go to Fry’s (the famous West Coast computer chain) and buy the top of the line, most expensive Vaio they have. So off JK, Max and I go to Frys. We return to Apple less than an hour later. By 7:30 that evening, the Vaio is running the Mac OS.
The next morning, Steve Jobs is on a plane to Japan to meet with the President of Sony.
Jobs was a big fan of Sony, and Sony co-founder Akio Morita. Jobs’ iconic turtleneck attire was in fact inspired by Sony factory worker uniforms.