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Why did nobody ever succeed in "clean room" cloning the Apple Macintosh?

MS-DOS was not exclusive to the IBM PC and Microsoft sold it to companies that then produced both non-IBM PC compatible and latter IBM PC compatible machines bundled with MS-DOS. They did not have to ...
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Why did nobody ever succeed in "clean room" cloning the Apple Macintosh?

TL;DR: It Was Done, But Timing Wasn't Helpful There are at least two technically successful, but economically unsuccessful, 100% (or close enough) clones: Unitron's Mac 512 Clone of 1985 and NuTek's ...
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How was it back then in 1984, when the Apple II had color, and the new Macintosh didn't?

What most answers here missed is that it was not the colour or resolution that the Lisa first, the Macintosh both inspired by the Xerox Alto, then brought to the table that was considered progress. It ...
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