Sony is ditching its poorly-performing Vaio PC line, boxing it up and selling it off to Japan Industrial Partners in order to focus on its more-fruitful TV and PlayStation offerings. But could it have been a different story if the company had pursued one of Steve Jobs more pie-in-the-sky ideas?
According to long-time Apple reporter Nobuyuki Hayashi, back in 2001 Steve Jobs offered former Sony president Kunitake Ando an interesting proposition -- during a round of golf, no less. Hayashi states that:
"Steve Jobs and another Apple executive were waiting for us at the end of the golf course holding VAIO running Mac OS."
Despite having shut down the Mac clone business many years earlier, Jobs was said to be so impressed with the Sony's Vaio line that he was "willing to make an exception" in its case. With Apple's computers moving from PowerPC architecture to Intel's by 2005, this could potentially have been an early hardware partnership that Jobs was looking to firm up ahead of the transition.
Of course, history tells another story, with the Vaio line initially making enough Windows-based sales to make Jobs's offer unnecessary. Still, with Sony's PC business shuttering up shop, you have to wonder if things could been different -- imagine, for instance, what Sony's smartphones would look like if they were intended to play nicely with an Apple computer OS. [Nobi via The Verge]