April 21,
Rumors swirl that Canon (sure, the Japanese
digicam firm!) may take over Apple in both a partial or
full acquisition.

Hypothesis grows
a couple of doable deal after Apple reveals its newest earnings,
which present massive enchancment however nonetheless fall far in need of Wall
Avenue’s expectations.

Promote, promote, promote

Canon denied curiosity, and neither Canon nor Apple ever
publicly confirmed any such negotiations, the
rumor mill in April 1995 buzzed concerning the potentialities.
With AAPL shares buying and selling at $35, Canon reportedly supplied a
not-insignificant $54.50 a share, representing a complete
valuation of $6.5 billion for Apple. (To place that in
perspective, right now the corporate is value greater than $700

Canon may
look like an unlikely candidate to purchase Apple, however actually it
was a fairly main tech participant within the 1980s and ’90s. After
Macintosh challenge founder Jef Raskin left Apple, Canon scooped
him up and gave him the chance to develop his imaginative and prescient of
the Macintosh. Launched in 1987 because the Canon Cat, the
pc did not take off — regardless of important acclaim and
respectable gross sales.

lengthy after, in June 1989, Canon paid $100 million for 16.67
% of Steve Jobs’ post-Apple firm, NeXT, which was
ultimately acquired by Apple. Canon later supplied one other $10
million to $20 million in 1991, and prolonged a $55 million
credit score line in 1992.

manufactured the NeXT Laptop’s optical disc drive, and Jobs
finally offered NeXT’s enterprise to Canon in 1993.

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Apple acquisition rumors made sense

The thought
that Canon may purchase Apple subsequently wasn’t completely
unreasonable. It got here at a time when Apple CEO Mike Spindler
was desperately making an attempt to dump the corporate to anybody who
would purchase it.

Different potential (critical) purchasers included IBM and the
now-defunct Solar Microsystems. Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Sony,
Philips and Toshiba additionally bought approached, though these
discussions by no means went too far.

In the end, the Apple-Canon deal (clearly) by no means
occurred. In April 1995, Cupertino was having fun with a short respite
from the “unhealthy previous days” of the 1990s, due to elevated
demand for Macs. In its second quarter of 1995, Apple earned
$73 million — greater than 4 instances the $17 million it made the
identical quarter a 12 months earlier.

Earlier than too lengthy, Spindler was out at Apple, changed by Gil
Amelio, who harbored a distinct technique for turning Apple
round. Then, by the top of 1996, Steve Jobs
returned, Amelio bought ousted, and Apple was primed for its
comeback. Issues may have been very, very totally different

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