Apple Johnathon & Apple Macintosh II: Seperated at birth?

From: Chandra Bajpai <>
Date: Thu Jul 6 20:59:12 2000

I have in my posession one of the few real Mac Clones....It's called
the Jonathan by Akkord Computer out of Taiwan. It's a real clone with
the exception of the Mac ROMs, the hardware was all original and supposed
to get around a lot of the Apple patents. It's a neat little machine, I
met the Akkord guys back in 1990-91.

>From AppleFritter:

"Akkord's Jonathan uses a 68000 housed in a case about the size and shape of
an external HD. It is sold only through European OEMs at a price 30% below
European prices for a Mac Plus and includes a 14" Phillips B&W monitor,
built-in AppleTalk connector, and external and internal SCSI ports. The
company says it plans to enter the U.S. market initially with a $3000 kit
with which purchasers can construct a 12 pound Mac portable by adding a
logic board and the 128k ROMs. This system will be in stores as soon as it
receives FCC certification. A future version of the system will use mac
compatible ROMs that Akkord plans to develop itself.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of David Vohs
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 8:54 PM
Subject: Apple Johnathon & Apple Macintosh II: Seperated at birth?

I have read something at applefritter that intrigued me: that Apple was
thinking about marketing a system known as the "Johnathon" (Successor the
the Mac, perhaps?). The basic design was very similar to that of an Acorn
RISC PC: You bought the base "module" (What OS that run? Mac OS?) as it was
called, & you could buy additional modules that would allow you to run other
operating systems. Unfortunately, Apple canned this computer because they
thought that everybody would just buy the MS-DOS module.

My question is: Was this the original concept for the Mac II, or is this
something completely diffrent.
David Vohs, Digital Archaeologist & Computer Historian.
Home page:

Computer Collection:

"Triumph": Commodore 64C, 1802, 1541, FSD-1, GeoRAM 512, MPS-801.
"Leela": Macintosh 128 (Plus upgrade), Nova SCSI HDD, Imagewriter II.
"Delorean": TI-99/4A, TI Speech Synthesizer.
"Monolith": Apple Macintosh Portable.
"Spectrum": Tandy Color Computer 3, Disto 512K RAM board.
"Boombox": Sharp PC-7000.
Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at
Received on Thu Jul 06 2000 - 20:59:12 BST

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:32:56 BST