Imagine if today, you could buy “a Mac” from Sony or Lenovo or Dell that wasn’t just cheaper than what you’d buy from Apple, but faster and more expandable—and still ran El Capitan perfectly. That’s pretty much where we found ourselves in the late ’90s with companies such as UMAX, Akia, Motorola, and of course Power Computing, the first to be granted a licence from Apple.
I admit I haven’t spent a lot of time exploring this chapter of Apple’s history. It’s a prime example of just how screwed up Apple was before Jobs came back. Cancelling this program was one of the first things he did.