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December 4, 1992: Apple engineers run Mac OS Intel computer.
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: December 10, 2020 12:24PM
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December 4, 1992: Apple engineers demonstrate a “proof of concept” of the Mac operating system running on an Intel computer.

More than a decade before Macs will switch to Intel processors, the astonishing feat is part of an aborted plan to make Apple’s software available on other manufacturer’s hardware. Apple ultimately chickens out, fearing (probably correctly) that this will hurt Macintosh sales.

The idea to get Mac OS running on Intel processors dated back at least as far as 1985, the year after the first Macintosh shipped (and a little operating system called Windows made its debut). Plans ramped up in the early 1990s, when Windows began to gain serious traction in the marketplace.

The Intel port was not-so-subtly codenamed “Macrosoft.” Apple hoped to stop Microsoft from gaining any more momentum. By February 1992, Apple engineers teamed up with networking company Novell to investigate porting the operating system to Intel.

Across the street from Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, a team of 18 engineers worked on the top-secret mission, nicknamed “Star Trek.” Apple CEO John Sculley met with Intel CEO Andy Grove to discuss the possibility.

On December 4, 1992, the team showed off its results. Many within Apple worried about what such a move would do to hardware sales. However, Cupertino still spoke with PC clone vendors about their interest in using Star Trek on their machines. Interest proved lukewarm (largely because their Windows 3.1 contracts meant they paid Microsoft for every computer shipped, even if it didn’t run Microsoft’s operating system).

Around this time, Sculley finished as Apple CEO and Michael Spindler took over. He axed Star Trek, along with other projects, in a round of belt-tightening measures.




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Re: December 4, 1992: Apple engineers run Mac OS Intel computer.
Posted by: mikebw
Date: December 10, 2020 12:39PM
"…things that were… things that are… and some things… that have not yet come to pass."
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Re: December 4, 1992: Apple engineers run Mac OS Intel computer.
Posted by: GGD
Date: December 10, 2020 12:56PM
And a few months before that date, Apple had Mac OS running on the first silicon of the IBM PowerPC 601 processor, and the PowerPC AIM alliance was well underway.
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Re: December 4, 1992: Apple engineers run Mac OS Intel computer.
Posted by: hal
Date: December 10, 2020 02:15PM
I wonder if Apple legal slapped a cease and desist order on the mac division.
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